Parse this! -- the answer (READ ME LAST)
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 94 16:43:41 PDT
Subject: Parse this! -- the answer (READ ME LAST)
[The question last time was whether you could parse the following sentence
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Here's the blow-by-buffa-blow:
American bison are called buffalo. A kind of bison that comes from
Buffalo, New York, could be called a Buffalo buffalo. Recall that there
is a verb "to buffalo" that means "to overwhelm, to intimidate."
Imagine that New York State bison intimidate one another: (The) Buffalo
buffalo (that) Buffalo buffalo (often) buffalo (in turn) buffalo (other)
From: a book entitled _The_Language_Instinct_ by Steven Pinker.
© 1994 Peter Langston