Fuzziness - vagueness - generality - ambiguity

@article{Zhang1998FuzzinessV,
  title={Fuzziness - vagueness - generality - ambiguity},
  author={Q. Zhang},
  journal={Journal of Pragmatics},
  year={1998},
  volume={29},
  pages={13-31}
}
  • Q. Zhang
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Abstract In this paper, I attempt to distinguish four linguistic concepts: fuzziness, vagueness, generality and ambiguity. The distinction between the four concepts is a significant matter, both theoretically and practically. Several tests are discussed from the perspectives of semantics, syntax and pragmatics. It is my contention that fuzziness, vagueness, and generality are licensed by Grice's Co-operative Principle, i.e. they are just as important as precision in language. It is concluded… CONTINUE READING
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