An attachment problem

Today’s One Big Happy:

Ruthie intends High Attachment for the adverb again, with the adverb modifying the VP with head feel, and that’s a possible parsing. But Low Attachment, with again modifying the VP with head smashing, is the default parsing, and that’s how Ruthie’s grandmother understands things.

One Response to “An attachment problem”

  1. Ben Zimmer Says:

    Reminds me of another comic strip with attachment ambiguity: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4566

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