Chapter Nine - Chapter Nine Clarity in Meaning Verbal...

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Chapter Nine Clarity in Meaning Verbal Disputes, Ambiguity, and Word Misuse Types of Verbal Confusion: Verbal Dispute – confusion or disagreement about the meaning of words, even when the complete agreement on meanings would not settle the dispute Many verbal disputes are not merely disputes about the meaning of one or more words Even when disputants come to agree on the meaning of the words, important differences of opinion still remain Ambiguous – when a word has two or more meanings and the context does not allow us to decide readily which the appropriate one is Words are ambiguous only in context – not by themselves Any word with two or more meanings has potential for ambiguity People sometimes create ambiguity intentionally when they want to suggest or insinuate something without actually saying it Misuse of words Vague – when a word is too fuzzy or imprecise to convey the information appropriate to the situation Vague only in context Occurs when the context requires more detail, specify, or precision that the word or phrase in question supplies Some Characteristics of the English Language English began as the dialects of German spoken by the Anglo-Saxon invaders of the island they wrested from the indigenous Celtic peoples in the 5
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Carr during the Spring '07 term at Christopher Newport University.

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Chapter Nine - Chapter Nine Clarity in Meaning Verbal...

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