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Is this question ambiguous in what it is asking? i.e. is it asking

  • what is your reason for making noise (without considering about other people)?

or

  • what is the reason it is you, not another person, who's making the noise?
  • Is this really a question about the English? – Lambie May 4 '18 at 23:33
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Yes, as written, it is ambiguous. You would apply emphasis when speaking. With no special emphasis, I would assume it means the first thing, "What is your reason for making noise?" But that's because that's a more typical question to ask -- it's not because the wording of this question specifically indicates that meaning.

If you want to indicate the second meaning, when speaking, you would almost certainly stress the word you. I would probably even stress it in writing, using boldface (as I just did) or something similar.

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  • There is no ambiguity. Why are you making noise? Why are you dancing? – Lambie May 4 '18 at 23:35

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