- Semantic Barrier
When words sound alike there can also be semantic barriers. For example fair and fare. When a person is speaking words such as these it can make it more difficult to understand the meaning. Most often when one is paying attention in a conversation there are other words around homonyms that make the meaning clearer.
If the person is not paying attention to the conversation and only hears fair it may be confusing or at least provide a barrier to the conversation.
There are plenty of reasons for communication barriers that do not have to deal with different languages or issues with listening. For example, there may be some psychological reasons for semantic barriers. A person suffering from an injury to the brain may have issues with language and therefore have some language barriers. It may make things more difficult for them to understand. This requires a different approach to the conversation so the meaning can be grasped.
Semantic barriers are always going to relate in some way to a conversational barrier in which the meaning of the words, phrases, signs, and symbols are difficult to make out.