First, then, we can consult our linguistic intuitions, independently of any empirical investigation. Bloomington: Indiana University. We may be right, but the ease of the move should counsel a policy of caution: Do not posit an ambiguity unless you are really forced to, unless there are really compelling theoretical or intuitive grounds to suppose that an ambiguity really is present.
Most ambiguities escape our notice because we are very good at resolving them using context and our knowledge of the world.
The lexicon is highly productive and easily extended. The paradox of how we tolerate semantic ambiguity and yet we seem to thrive on it, is a major question for this discipline.
For the discourse analysis, who is talking, how, why and when something is said, are essential. But computer systems do not have this knowledge, and consequently do not do a good job of making use of the context. Whereas related meanings have been shown to facilitate word recognition, unrelated meanings have been found to slow processing times He kicked the bucket last week and she did too, twice.
McKay, Thomas, We thus seem to have ambiguity that depends on certain structural features of the sentence.
Following this, I will use three major accomplishments of human creativity: literature, psychoanalysis and computational linguistics, as examples of where language ambiguity has an important place.