Susanne Winkler

Exploring Ambiguity and the Ambiguity Model from a Transdisciplinary Perspective1

1 Introduction

This book investigates the concept of ambiguity and how it manifests itself in language and communication from a transdisciplinary perspective. According to Wasow et al. (2005, 265), “[a]n expression is ambiguous if it has two or more distinct denotations – that is, if it is associated with more than one region of meaning space.” A formal semantic definition is provided by Kennedy (2011, 508), who defines ambiguity as a subtype of uncertainty “which manifests itself as variation in truth conditions: one and the same utterance token can be judged true of one situation and false of another, or the other way around, depending on how ...

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