Ambiguity, generality, and indeterminacy: Tests and definitions

@article{Gillon2004AmbiguityGA,
  title={Ambiguity, generality, and indeterminacy: Tests and definitions},
  author={Brendan S. Gillon},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2004},
  volume={85},
  pages={391-416}
}
  • B. Gillon
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Philosophy
  • Synthese
The problem addressed is that of finding a sound characterization of ambiguity. Two kinds of characterizations are distinguished: tests and definitions. Various definitions of ambiguity are critically examined and contrasted with definitions of generality and indeterminacy, concepts with which ambiguity is sometimes confused. One definition of ambiguity is defended as being more theoretically adequate than others which have been suggested by both philosophers and linguists. It is also shown how… 
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