Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Garden Path Sentences

I was trying to think of examples of this for the group the other evening, and even though I had just written about them on another blog under parse, I failed.

A garden path sentence leads the reader to think he or she is reading one kind of meaning, but ends up reading another.

Some examples:

The man whistling tunes pianos.

The old dog the footsteps of the young.

The man who hunts ducks out on the weekend.

Got it?

I'm not sure if Joyce ever used these, but I'm fairly sure he would have enjoyed them.

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