October 15, 2003

As If We Needed Further Proof of The Importance of Context in Ambiguity Resolution

"Arafat's Premier Says He Is Close to Resigning Post," ran the headline on the upper left of the NY Times front page on Oct. 13. Possessive Antecedent Principle or no, my initial reading of that had the pronoun he referring to Arafat. But no, I thought, even before I turned to the body of the story -- in that case they'd surely have run it on the other side of the page. Posted by Geoff Nunberg at October 15, 2003 01:42 PM