Relative clause attachment of the week

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Fritzi Ritz for 2/19/1946:

The Berkeley Neural Parser has the same problem that Sluggo does:

And spaCy likewise:


  1. Gregory Kusnick said,

    February 20, 2024 @ 7:48 pm

    You'd think such chickens could deliver themselves.

  2. Nat said,

    February 20, 2024 @ 11:38 pm

    Are the bicycles part of the delivery, or is the bicycle riding merely pure, unrealized, latent capacity.

  3. Peter Taylor said,

    February 21, 2024 @ 5:39 am

    @Gregory Kusnick, they could, but then who would collect the bicycles?

  4. Aardvark Cheeselog said,

    February 21, 2024 @ 9:13 am

    Time flies like an arrow.

    Fruit flies like a banana.

    There can be no context-free parsing of English. You have to know what the words mean.

  5. Philip Taylor said,

    February 21, 2024 @ 10:53 am

    Surely "you have to know what the words[, phrases, clauses, sentences, …] mean [in that particular context]. Knowing what "fruit", "flies", "like", "a" and "banana" may be necessary but it is nowhere near sufficient.

  6. Bill Benzon said,

    February 21, 2024 @ 11:18 am

    "You'd think such chickens could deliver themselves."

    Like those recursively self-improving AIs the Doomers like to worry about.

  7. David Marjanović said,

    February 23, 2024 @ 5:09 pm

    The third lines is:

    Amelia Earhart flies, like, a plane!

  8. Philip Anderson said,

    February 24, 2024 @ 4:52 am

    @David Marjanović
    Nice, but “flying planes can be dangerous”.

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