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.

2 Responses 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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