Scalia v. the linguists

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Jun 28 02:18:34 UTC 2008

and for even more fun, try J. Stevens' dissent -- at least he thinks
we might be on to something, and he knows how to write convincingly.
Mad Hatter indeed. Watch this space for my response to Nino -- it
involves hand gestures, btw.

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
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read the Web of Language:

On Jun 27, 2008, at 4:32 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:

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> [Relayed from Will Salmon:]
> Did you catch Antonin Scalia's swat at the authors of "The Linguist
> Brief" (which includes Dennis Baron) in his opinion in the DC handgun
> case? It comes from page 15 of the report:
> "A purposive qualifying phrase that contradicts the word or phrase it
> modifies is unknown this side of the looking glass (except,
> apparently,
> in some courses on Linguistics)."
> It turns out to be a fascinating read, especially the first part where
> the grammar of the 2nd amendment is dealt with.
> LH
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