Corpus ID: 37590005

The Interpretation-Construction Distinction

  title={The Interpretation-Construction Distinction},
  author={Lawrence B. Solum},
  journal={Constitutional commentary},
The interpretation-construction distinction, which marks the difference between linguistic meaning and legal effect, is much discussed these days. I shall argue that the distinction is both real and fundamental – that it marks a deep difference in two different stages (or moments) in the way that legal and political actors process legal texts. My account of the distinction will not be precisely the same as some others, but I shall argue that it is the correct account and captures the essential… Expand