Some Examples of Ambiguities in Cross-disciplinary Terminology

By S. Spuzic, Ke Xing and Kazem Abhary.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Clarity of terminology is essential for knowledge management. Evolution, globalisation and acceleration of knowledge transfer have revealed impedances such as circularity, prolixity, ambiguity and jargon. The Internet enables communication with the speed of magnetic waves, thus exposing other limits to knowledge transfer, such as misunderstanding and ambiguity. This treatise presents an axiomatic definition of the term 'definition' itself to enable analysis of the particular lexical elements called the terms. Examples of perplexing terms (homonyms, synonyms) are discussed. A strategy of using a trans-disciplinary and transparent lexicon is proposed, with the adoption of a hierarchy of terms that allocates priority to mathematics and chemo-physics.

Keywords: Terminology, Term, Definition, Homonym, Synonym, Ambiguity

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 632.205KB).

Dr. S. Spuzic

University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Ke Xing

Program Director, School of Advanced Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineeirng, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

A/Prof. Kazem Abhary

University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


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