Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Eloquence and ReasonCreating a First Amendment Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert L. Tsai

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300117233

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300117233.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 28 November 2021

Political Pathways

Political Pathways

Chapter:
(p.78) 4 Political Pathways
Source:
Eloquence and Reason
Author(s):

Robert L. Tsai

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117233.003.0004

This chapter argues that the structure and valence of juridic language are inevitably altered by dynamics beyond the four walls of the courthouse, moving questions of process to the foreground. To alter the social foundations of legal language and stimulate linguistic development, motivated actors must exploit available political pathways. Broadly understood, a political pathway is any means by which constitutional knowledge is accumulated, stored, presented, reproduced, or manipulated. A nonexhaustive list includes governmental institutions, media, civic organizations, litigation, and electoral processes. The objectives of control include intensifying and redirecting the dialectical interactions between the people and their political institutions, presenting new knowledge to decision makers and language innovators, securing the legitimization of preferred short-term policies and long-term values, altering the valence of governing terminology, and acquiring new modes of discourse in the service of long-term goals.

Keywords:   juridic language, courthouse, questions of process, social foundations, legal language, political pathway

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.