Literal Construction

Literal Construction

The determination by a court of the meaning of the language of a document by an examination of only the actual words used in it, without any consideration of the intent of the parties who signed the writing except for the fact that they chose the language now in dispute.

Cross-references

Canons of Construction.

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In her private lair, the unnamed woman is engaged in the literal construction of a twin or shadow of herself, a libidinal surrogate integrated into a fractured personal mythology.
New architectural endeavors, whether residential, commercial, retail or industrial, entail the literal construction of a concept--a brand that integrates with the structure itself, blurring the line between the architecture and the brand which it represents.
It is the gap that compels the reader to create something from a text that is more than a literal construction of the meaning of words.
Visually and often in terms of its literal construction, it stands at the threshold of transformation, if not disintegration.