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Garden path sentences in other languages?

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mrwarper
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 Message 17 of 20
15 March 2012 at 8:26pm | IP Logged 
stelingo wrote:
I thought that naranja used as an adjective was invariable?

Nope. Except maybe special cases I can't recall now, adjectives always agree in gender and number with the noun(s) they refer to. Thus:

*El coche naranja (note "naranja" and many -but not all, possibly not even "most"- colours have no different masculine/feminine forms).
*Los coches naranjas.

but you can say

"Los coches de color naranja"

and have singular "naranja" because it applies to the colour there, and not directly to the cars.

Edited by mrwarper on 15 March 2012 at 8:27pm

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 Message 18 of 20
16 March 2012 at 11:51pm | IP Logged 
I just saw this in a magazine and thought I'd throw it in:

Q: When is a car not a car?
A: When it turns into a driveway.
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 Message 19 of 20
16 April 2012 at 5:43pm | IP Logged 
I came up with a couple of examples in Spanish. I think they qualify as garden path sentences:

"A causa de la alta tasa media hace un año una orden judicial."


"Al establecer una una suma razonable de ganancia fija cada vendedor un precio acorde."


What do you think?
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mrwarper
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 Message 20 of 20
17 April 2012 at 11:46am | IP Logged 
Correct. Now all that's left is find examples where the 'forking' happens as early as possible and it is found out as late as possible.


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