2.3 Verenich

| August 11, 2020

Vadim Verenich. (2012). The Semiotic Model of Legal Reasoning. International Journal of Law, Language & Discourse 2(3), 25-58.

Abstract: The scope of this paper is the analysis of semiotic models of legal argumentation and legal discourse. The paper explores how different semiotic models of legal reasoning underscore our appreciation for legal reasoning. The analysis of different models of legal discourse also aims to provide insight into the relationship between rhetoric and semiotics within the holistic semiotic framework of legal reasoning. In order to compare the discursive structures emanating from existing types of rhetorical discourse of law to those created by logical models, it is necessary to develop a sophisticated methodology that mimics and analyzes on a deeper level of coherence in the structure of legal discourse. By examining the assumptions necessary to generate such a methodology, we may clarify the relationships between semiotic, rhetorical and logical images of legal discourse. In order to eliminate discrepancies, we propose the creolization of two distinct metalanguages, that inevitably leads to the reducing of those distinctions and that may have far-reaching consequences for understanding the legal argumentation in all its contextual meaning.

Keywords: legal discourse, legal reasoning, semiotics of reasoning, semiotic model of discourse, rhetoric of law, legal semiotics


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Category: Volume 2