Lexical Ambiguity
Posted by Kill Ten Rats [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2013, 7:21 pm
“Expect,” like most English words referring to mental states, is problematically ambiguous. It could refer to considering something (1) likely to happen or (2) obligatory or reasonably due. Speakers may not realize that something obligatory is unlikely (or something forbidden is likely), and listeners can reasonably misunderstand which sense of expectation is meant. If I [...]

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