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Identification and definition of lexically ambiguous words in statistics by tutors and students

Dunn, P.K.; Hutchins, R.; Richardson, Alice


Lexical ambiguity arises when a word from everyday English is used differently in a particular discipline, such as statistics. This paper reports on a project that begins by identifying tutors' perceptions of words that are potentially lexically ambiguous to students, in two different ways. Students' definitions of nine lexically ambiguous words are also collected at the beginning and end of a semester of introductory statistics study, in a complex design taking account of multiple tutors and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2013.830781
Access Rights: Open Access


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