How Do People Process Ambiguous Strings

Hsiu-Ying Liu, Cheng-Chung Kuo


This article combines ambiguity phenomenon with Chinese word segmentation to observe how human being conduct language processing to clarify ambiguity between overlapping ambiguity and combination ambiguity. Artificial intelligence will easily missegment these two strings, while the study tries to introduce optimality theory to discover possible base of these two types of ambiguity comprehended by general people. According to the result, the key to clarify ambiguity is context, idiomaticity and word frequency.


Ambiguity; Chinese word segmentation; Language processing; Compound

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