May. 22nd, 2017

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I just read the Daily Mail's headline Daughter of hunter crushed by elephant posts tribute photo and was briefly confused.

I initially read it as that the elephant posted a tribute photo and that act of posting was what crushed the daughter. Then, congratulating myself on promptly reparsing, I read it that the hunter's daughter was crushed, then she posted a tribute photo, before realizing that I still had it wrong.

I wonder if other languages are less ambiguous. Latin? Lojban? I wonder what CMU's link grammar parser would make of that headline. Sometimes when I review others' writing at work I suggest a rephrasing arising from my having had to backtrack after a mistaken first reading.
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A month ago I wrote about earnest young people thinking change possible and how I someday want to think clearly enough to find a good path. I recently saw the first episode of Blake's 7 (1978) and the resistance group on Earth reminded me of such people. I suppose that, as I mentioned the Red Army Faction, such groups would have been newsworthy around the time that the episode's story was written. Perhaps the idea of normal people being able to effect change was part of the show's appeal though in that case it was not all sunshine and rainbows.

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