Feb 1, 2011

Up the garden path

The headline of this Rediff article (about a tragic event) has at least four different parses, leading to four different conclusions: The headline:
"Maharashtra CM visits killed IAS officer's family"
This is an example of a garden path sentence. (A previous example, from The Simpsons)

1 comment:

George said...

the language log introduced me to another phrase that describes a similar (the same?) problem -- crash blossoms.