Good communication requires a shared semantic environment: understanding of social relationships, goals, and the vocabulary used.

Ubiquitous language is intended to address the vocabulary. Controlled vocabularies promote communication.

Interest-based negotiation is intended to address the goals.

A shared semantic environment reduces the uncertainty in an instance of communication: ! Shannon weaver communication model

Uncertainty comes from not being sure what’s being sent, not being sure what you’re receiving, or not being sure what’s going through. You can reduce it at each of these stages for clearer communication.

Q: Is this the same thing as a semantic context?


Postman, Neil. Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk: How We Defeat Ourselves by the Way We Talk and What to Do about It. Delacorte Press, 1976.