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    THE PREVALENCE OF AMBIGUITY

    Ambiguity is important and it is worth examining, what the phenomenon is and how it differs and relates to similar phenomena such as indexicality, polysemy, vagueness, and especially sense generality. An uncle can be satisfied by both brothers of mothers and brothers of fathers, the phrase is not ambiguous but unspecified with respect to parent. ‘Ambiguity’ refers to a different phenomenon from many closely related cases of multiple permissible interpretations. Distinguishing ambiguity from these related phenomenon can be a difficult and tendentious affair. An ambiguity could happen by entries that are homophonous, or even co-spelled, but differ in meaning. ‘Duck’ is both a verb and a noun as is ‘cover’.…

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    CONCEPTS AND ITS CONTROVERSY

    Concepts are sometimes said to have a function in inference. We use concepts to draw inferences about the things that one categorizes. If one encounters a knife, one can infer that it is used for cutting. The knowledge that knife are used for cutting is said by many to be contained in one’s concept of knife. Thus, when one applies the concept to some things, one can use the concept to infer fact about that object. For some, concepts are not meanings. But they usually concede of language. One comes to understand a word by associating it with a concept. On either approach concepts and language will be closely related.…

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    CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS

    When presenting thoughts and ideas, our words, terms, and concepts must be adequately purged of vagueness and ambiguity. In this sense, it is believed that language properly analysed, can yield an understanding of the world. This therefore means that if we want a new way of thinking about the world, we must take the challenge of refining, elaborating, interpreting and expanding our grammar, we must make language elastic enough to deal with new experiences about the world. Concepts are fundamental to human experience and the evolution of language itself. This proves when clarifying language, we are constantly clarifying concepts. The notion of conceptual analysis seems therefore to be a natural…

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    DIFFERENTIATING CONCEPTS AND IDEAS

    Concepts and ideas are often used interchangeably. The Oxford Advanced Dictionary describes a concept as an idea or a principle connected with something abstract, for example, the concept of social status, or goodness. And describes an idea as a picture or an impression in your mind of what somebody/something is like. Merriam Webster Dictionary describes a concept as an idea of what something is or how it works. And describes an idea as something that you imagine in or picture your mind. Concepts are for thinking. When one ascribes a thought, such as ‘God is good’ one typically assumes that the bearer of that thought has a concept God and…

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    ANALYZING CONCEPTS AND IDEAS

    To clarify is to make something clearer or easier to understand, while to analyze is to use logical method of thinking about something in order to understand it, especially by looking at all the parts separately. Analysis is the reduction of complex ideas or explication of human situation into understandable, relational concepts. Through analysis, essential concepts are extracted from experience, so that they may be more easily understood and debated. More so, analysis is analogous to definition. Definitions are explicitly about giving the meaning of words, analyses are explicitly about giving the necessary and sufficient conditions for concepts and idea. Since word expresses concepts and idea, definitions are the linguistic…

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    CONCEPT OF EXPLANATION

    The purpose of an argument is to help the questioner who doesn’t understand something. Thus, the concept of explanation, like that of argument, is based on dialogue in the sense that it involves a conversational exchange between two participants. In the case of the offering of an explanation by a proponent to respondent, a certain function should be performed. If the explanation is to be helpful, it should help the respondent to come to understand something that he did not understand something before. A useful explanation should make the thing suspicion clearer for the respondent by expressing it in terms he is familiar with or already understands. In a dialogue,…