garden-path sentence
A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words.

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  • Garden path sentence — Garden path sentences are used in psycholinguistics to illustrate that human beings process language one word at a time. The name refers to the saying to be led down the garden path , meaning to be misled . An example is:: The horse raced past… …   Wikipedia

  • garden path sentence — noun A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words …   Wiktionary

  • garden path — noun A sentence that is easily incorrectly parsed on a first read, due to ambiguity of a word or words. See Also: lead down a garden path, lead up the garden path …   Wiktionary

  • garden-path — gar·den path (gärʹdn păth , päth ) adj. Of or relating to a sentence that is easily misparsed, as The horse raced past the barn fell, in which people people usually misinterpret raced as a simple past tense verb, leading to a nonsensical… …   Universalium

  • lead down a garden path — verb To mislead; to seduce. See Also: garden path sentence …   Wiktionary

  • Sentence Comprehension — Human language comprehension takes place whenever a reader or listener processes a language utterance, either in isolation or in the context of a conversation or a text. Many studies of the human language comprehension process have focused on… …   Wikipedia

  • Syntactic ambiguity — For philosophical considerations of ambiguity, see ambiguity. Syntactic ambiguity is a property of sentences which may be reasonably interpreted in more than one way, or reasonably interpreted to mean more than one thing. Ambiguity may or may not …   Wikipedia

  • Perverb — A perverb (portmanteau of perverse proverb ) is a humorous modification of a known proverb, usually by changing its ending in a way that surprises or confounds the listener. Perverbs were one of the many experimental styles explored by the French …   Wikipedia

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  • David Swinney — Dr. David Swinney (April 21, 1946 April 14, 2006) was a prominent psycholinguist. His research on language comprehension contributed to methodological advances in his field. Contents 1 Biography 2 Contributions to the field of psycholinguistics 3 …   Wikipedia

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