Friday 28 April 2006

Grammar can be fun.

This reduced me to tears (of laughter, that is):

An apparently new speech disorder a linguistics department our correspondent visited was affected by has appeared. Those affected our correspondent a local grad student called could hardly understand apparently still speak fluently. The cause experts the LSA sent investigate remains elusive. Frighteningly, linguists linguists linguists sent examined are highly contagious. Physicians neurologists psychologists other linguists called for help called for help called for help didn’t help either. The disorder experts reporters SpecGram sent consulted investigated apparently is a case of pathological center embedding.

I strongly suspect that finding that so funny makes me part of yet another tiny minority. Ach, well.

In case you're wondering, yes, it is perfectly grammatically correct. Here's the explanation.

Ah, English, eh? Got to love it.

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