January 16, 2008

Some linguists weigh in on D.C. v. Heller

A few days ago, Ben Winograd at the Scotus Blog listed and linked the amicus briefs filed on January 11 in support of the petitioner in District of Columbia v. Heller ("Amicus briefs for D.C. available in guns case", 1/12/2008). There are 19 of them, in alphabetical order from American Academy of Pediatrics to Violence Policy Center And Various Police Chiefs, and one is labelled "Professors of Linguistics", or at greater length "Brief for Professors of Linguistics and English Dennis E. Baron, Ph.D., Richard W. Bailey, Ph.D. and Jeffrey P. Kaplan, Ph.D.".

The brief speaks for itself, which is a good thing, because I don't have time for any further commentary today. But you can compare its arguments to those discussed in "The right to keep and bear adjuncts", 12/17/2007.

Posted by Mark Liberman at January 16, 2008 06:32 AM