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Structural Ambiguity

  • Definition: The phenomenon where a single string of words (or morphemes) is the form of more than one distinct phrasal expression (or word). Arises because the same expressions can combine differently syntactically, resulting in distinct phrases that happen to have the same form.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

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