The Authors of Legal-Diplomatic Discourse: Interpreters and Intentions

  • Evandro Menezes de Carvalho
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 91)


The preceding chapter discussed the concept of sign and examined the codification and decodification process of text in order to point out the underlying structural conditions for the interpretive act. We have seen that text interpretation can, due to the chain of interpretants, lead us to an unlimited semiotic process. However, interpretation in the communication relationship is not a mere exercise of semiosis. After having examined the semiotic mechanisms involved in interpreting a text, this chapter is devoted to investigating the relationship among the interpreter, the text, and the author of the text. We will see how semiotic concepts of Model Author and Model Reader have shed new light on the traditional view that interpretation is aimed at unveiling the author’s intention. We will see that more than highlighting the interpreter’s role in the construction of the meaning of the text, the semiotics help us see that the text has an own intention. Finally, we will see how this intention should be taken into consideration during the interpretation process.


Subjectivist Approach Legal Text Preparatory Work Legal Discourse Vienna Convention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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