Data Mining for Meaning: The Law and Corpus Linguistics Project (D3)

Date/Time: Monday, July 16, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speakers: David Armond, Brigham Young University, Howard W. Hunter Law Library; Karen Selden, University of Colorado Law Library; Shawn Nevers, Brigham Young University, Howard W. Hunter Law Library; Shane Marmion, William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

Corpus linguistics is a method used to investigate the meanings of words by analyzing collections of texts. In early 2018, the BYU Law Library plans to launch a Law & Corpus Linguistics interface to enable scholars, judges, and practitioners to better understand and interpret the meaning of words and phrases in legal texts, such as statutes, constitutions, contracts, and even case law. The initial project will include United States Supreme Court opinions (corpus.byu.edu/scotus). Learn about the development of this field of study, as well as the details of the BYU project and its successes (or failures) to date.

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