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Chapter 11, Problem 11.2-6TY
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How can garden path sentences be related to prediction?

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Sentences that appear to imply one thing in the beginning but end up meaning something completely different, showing temporal ambiguity, are known as garden path sentences.

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The tendency to predict sentences while reading it has been studied by various researchers. By examining the eye movements of the participants, Altmann and Kamide (1999) found that people tend to make predictions about the meaning of the sentence as they read it. The accuracy of these predictions, however, depends greatly on the construction of the sentences.

Garden path sentences can be extremely difficult to predict because of the construction of these sentences. These sentences lead the reader to believe that it is going to mean one thing, but the actual meaning of the sentence tends to change when the individual reads it in its entirety...

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