As language is a part of reality and thought, ambiguity and vagueness is possible to overcome if the common sense view is used, which is we think first and then we express our thoughts. This is also because language is dependent on thoughts. For example like Ludwig Wittgenstein said for a word to have a meaning in a language there have to be speakers who use the words according to the rules and the person must be able to recognize the rules that direct its use (eg: if you use the word note, you should be sure what type of note you’re talking about. Is it the music note or a short letter). As mentioned before ambiguity means a word having double meaning so this means it does contribute to knowledge as double meanings makes language seem larger in quantity and there are more words are to be at times, so this will be an addition to knowledge as well. When words used in a language have an exact meaning and not an ambiguous word it makes it easier for language to be understood and learnt. The areas of knowledge are the Arts, Ethics, Mathematics, Human Sciences, Natural Sciences and History. Art is ambiguous as it has more than one meaning, it can mean painting, dancing and music, so the balance changes in art. Mathematics is not ambiguous as it can only be used in a number form, but it’s also another form of language.
In language it is not that easy to overcome double meanings and vagueness. For example in literature, when words with two meanings are used or if language is not clear misunderstandings arise and meanings change and all this causes problems then or in the future( eg: the word right, it can mean the right side or in other words correct). Sapir Whorf had a hypothesis that we can see or think only what language allows us to. Ambiguity doesn’t actually impede knowledge, but it makes knowledge contributing to a person slow as there is too many words that can be used so, this makes knowledge be held back in people’s minds not in any other way. When words have just one meaning to them, it causes a loss of meaning of words to the language though language become easier (eg: vagueness- My shoes are killing me, this does not mean the shoes are really killing a person. It means that the shoes hurt the person’s foot).
People need language to communicate though there are many other ways to communicate without using language. From writing this essay I agree that ambiguity and vagueness is possible to overcome and ambiguity contributes to knowledge and language. (eg: ambiguity- lie, this is when you lie to a person or lie down o bed). If language is used properly and the meanings are used at the right meaningful time in a sentence then ambiguity and vagueness won’t be much of an issue to us on language (Vagueness- put yourself in his shoes, this does not mean to put your body into a person’s shoes. It means to try and think of you as that person in a situation). When a particular language is translated to another language, sometimes the translation would make no sense because some words don’t have a translated word in that language. Even if word are not misused and are used properly at the right time, the way it is said could change the meaning. (eg: when saying what’s wrong with you, if u say it nicely it’s like saying are you ok, but if you change the tone it turns out to be rude). So language can be used if it is used according to the rules and if the person using a language is qualified and knows the usage of the rules well.