Varieties of Ambiguity: What Are We Seeking?

  • Greg B. Simpson
Part of the Cognitive Science book series (COGNITIVE SCIEN)


For the past 20 years or so, psycholinguists and computer scientists have become increasingly interested in the problem of ambiguity in natural language processing. For psycholinguists, the work has focused largely on understanding the processes by which people arrive at a single interpretation of a message that has at least two readily discernible meanings. Sentences 1–3 give some classic examples of the kinds of sentences whose comprehension might be of interest in studies of this kind.


Word Recognition Natural Language Processing Ambiguity Resolution Ambiguous Word Lexical Ambiguity 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

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