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Monday, January 23, 2012

Ambiguous words communicate better, not worse

Noam Chomsky was wrong, say MIT cognitive scientists.
Words with multiple meanings (like “mean”) became popular because they were actually more efficient than using unambiguous new words, not as a side effect, they suggest.


http://www.kurzweilai.net/ambiguous-words-communicate-better-not-worse?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1926f03f2b-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email

1 comment:

GeneP said...

As I think about this concept, I also think about the mis-use of graphics in communication addressed in this post:

http://taxtechcpa.blogspot.com/2011/12/perception.html