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BYU Law Launches Search for Constitution’s Original Meaning

Sept. 17, 2018, 2:00 PM

Brigham Young University Law announced the launch of a legal technology platform Sept. 17 to examine the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

The Law and Corpus Linguistics Technology Platform analyzes large collections of English texts spanning hundreds of years to determine a word or phrase’s changing meaning through history.

Practitioners can use corpus linguistics “to develop legal arguments about the original public meaning of the Constitution or the ordinary meaning of statutes and regulations,” D. Gordon Smith, dean of BYU Law in Provo, Utah, told Bloomberg Law in an email.

Justice Antonin Scalia was a proponent of this method of...

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