Interpreting Acronyms & Epithets: Examining the jurisprudential significance (or lack thereof)

Jones, Brian Christopher (2014) Interpreting Acronyms & Epithets: Examining the jurisprudential significance (or lack thereof). Stanford Law & Policy Review Online, 25. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1044-4386

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Abstract

Given the rise in short title sophistication and it's prominent use as evidence in U.S. v. Windsor, this essay argues that acronym short titles are a relatively unexplored interpretive phenomenon. Examining how acronyms should be approached in jurisprudence, the essay further explains how many titles are designed around a symbolic epithet, thus calling into question the interpretative value of such titles. Additionally, the essay touches on the recent NY and D.C. decisions regarding the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata collection system, and how the USA PATRIOT acronym may have played a symbolic (psycholinguistic) role.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: acronyms, epithets, interpretation, legislation, psycholinguistics, public laws, Congress, jurisprudence, short titles, USA PATRIOT Act
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Law
Depositing User: Sue Creaney
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2016 14:14
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/816

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