tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Jan 09 19:37:59 2002

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Re: qepHommaj

>jIH: naDev wej tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI' lutu'lu'.

The first time I read this, I parsed it as 'There aren't any Klingon 
speakers here yet.'  As that did not make sense within the context, I had to 
reread it it, and then it was clearly, 'There are three Klingon speakers 

Does anyone else have any examples of ambiguous statements (deliberate or 
unintentional) that they've run into?  I'd like to collect some and maybe 
put up a webpage.

I find this one especially interesting, as amiguities generally fall into 
two ctaegories: semantic ambiguities, where a single word can mean two 
things (example: 'Our bikinis are exciting.  They're simply the tops.'), and 
structural ambiguities, where a word can be interpreted as belonging to two 
different parts of the phrase (example: 'my rabbit's foot'), but this one 
requires both, i.e., {wej} could be interpreted as part of the header or as 
part of the object, and it has two different meanings.

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