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  • Feb 17, 2012
  • 08:51 PM

The advantage of ambiguity

Emily Finn / MIT news
Given the disambiguating power of context, the researchers hypothesized that languages might harness ambiguity to reuse words — most likely, the easiest words for language processing systems. Building on observation and previous studies, they posited that words with fewer syllables, high frequency and the simplest pronunciations should have the most meanings.

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