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Volume 2 - No. 1 - 2014



"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity" - Sigmund Freud



Ambiguity - by Joe Sinclair


Issue No 8 of Nurturing Potential featured the fourth part of a series of articles on Language.  It ended with the following statement:

Two different types of ambiguity can be distinguished on the basis of what is causing it: lexical ambiguity is the type of ambiguity that arises when a word has multiple meanings. The word bank is often cited as an instance of lexical ambiguity; and structural ambiguity that arises from the fact that two or more different syntactic structures can be assigned  to one string of words.  The expression old men and women is structurally ambiguous because it has the following two structural analyses:

     (i)  old [men and women]
     (ii) [old men] and women

Enough time has passed. Let's get back to ambiguity where we left off and see where the trip takes us.