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Status: Linguistic puzzle Check out these parsing challenges over at linguistlist.org
. It took me a good 15 or 20 minutes to figure out why they make sense. (Though I'm sure some people will figure them out immediately.) The first one is this sentence:
Dogs dogs dog dog dogs.
It's a legitimate english sentence. To figure out how this is so, it helps to compare it to the sentence: Cats dogs chase catch mice
. (They both share the same structure.)
The linguist list folks then point out…