Ambiguity: A Form of Semantic Noise in Human Communication

Jegede T. O.


Competence in communication skills is indispensable for success at school and at work. Transceivers communicate with the desire to be understood. However, the English Language is inherently embedded with certain features which create ambiguity especially for those who adopt it as a second language. This paper examines the phenomenon of ambiguity in the English Language, its types and causes. Using copious examples, it elucidates the distortions and absurdities that could occur when factors which cause ambiguity in English are not given due consideration. It discusses as well the implication this situation has for the Nigerian educational system. 


Ambiguity, Communication, Language, Word level, Sentence level

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