|From:||Adrian Walker <adriandwalker@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:07:42 -0400|
Hi Sean and Rich,|
I believe you may be throwing the English baby out with the bath water.
Sean : I would insist that terms are context sensitive, particularly where conventional terms are used with a particular technical sense by a business process.... The problem of accurate communication is therefore one of alerting people to the actual meaning of a term in the context in which it is being used....
Context is one of the things Executable English is about. Please take a moment to look again at slides 51-52 of  to see this.
To reinforce Sean's argument that context is essential, one can look at Air Traffic Control. Aviation English documentation appears to struggle (and sometimes fail) to disambiguate terms taken out of context :
"Incidents have occurred where pilots and controllers using the same term have not had the same understanding. Ambiguity is one of saftey’s [sic] worst enemies. Measures should be taken to ensure that a common understanding of terms and definitions prevails among different States that use the same language. Involving the end user at the planning stage will help find the most appropriate terms, the ones that leave no ambiguity in their meaning amongst all that use them.
1.3 In the case of phraseology, for example, the semantics of a phrase may not be related to the intention of the term in the original text."
Cheers, -- Adrian
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On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM, sean barker <sean.barker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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