Law, Language and Cognition: Seminar (21491). 2 units. This seminar will explore various issues concerning how well society can govern itself under a rule of law in light of various aspects of the human language facility. Much of the course will address questions of statutory interpretation, and to a lesser extent, contractual interpretation. Such issues as the tension between plain language and intent, the nature of indeterminacy in legal texts, and the possibility of default rules to simulate actual linguistic understanding, will be discussed. Other topics will include the role of the jury in applying laws, and linguistic issues that arise in multilingual legal contexts, such as the interpretation of EU directives, and international treaties and conventions. Paper required. Enrollment limited to fifteen. L. M. Solan.