News (Languages) The advantage of ambiguity

By Pixie, in 'Other Languages', Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Brunhilda Bradypa Socrivora

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    Cognitive scientists develop a new take on an old problem: why human language has so many words with multiple meanings.
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/ambiguity-in-language-0119.html
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  2. Nikolaos schmikolaos

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    Oklahoma, US
    I somehow doubt that developed language originally had an abundance of homophones. Once language was conceived, it became a creature of its own, and evolved to survive in an environment of poor listeners and tied tongues, resulting in lost phonemes and, as a result, homophones. That's my armchair theory, anyway

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