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Common Linguistic Problems Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories: language form, language meaning, and language in context. English is an extremely complex language. Before students? can be considered truly proficient, they must not only master a variety of tenses and irregular verbs, sentence structure and parts of speech, but they must also work to understand and master lexical and structural ambiguities. Lexical ambiguities are very common and have a variety of names and definitions depending on the level of ambiguity. (Lexical ambiguity- the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings.) Let?s take a look at lexical ambiguities that cause linguistic problems: Synonyms (words that have similar meanings) and antonyms (words that mean the opposite of another) are straight forward enough. However, when a word has more than one meaning, complications may arise for the learner: Contronyms (Antagonym): A very difficult form of lexical ambiguity, these words are spelt the same and pronounced the same but have two ultimately opposite