word order (was Re: Random DWJ discovery of the day)

Anna Zofia Skarzynska ania at gnomic.freeserve.co.uk
Thu Mar 31 19:37:53 EST 2005


> >She [is] my love
> >The woman who torments me the most...
> >
> >Except that the second line could be read 'the largest woman who torments
> >me' , 'is mo' meaning both 'the biggest/largest' and 'the most'.
> >
> >
> >
> Isn't it often the case that poems are ambigouous at one level or
> another? Some languages
> have more ways of making ambiguity than others, but I would venture that
> every natural
> language can do it.
>
> Colin

Not in this case- the largeness definitely referred to his torment, not to
the girl's size!

Ania


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