Homework 1 Solution - CS-5340\/6340 Written Assignment#1 DUE Wednesday September 11 by 11:00pm 1(20 pts Each headline below has two possible meanings an

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CS-5340/6340, Written Assignment #1 DUE: Wednesday, September 11 by 11:00pm 1. (20 pts) Each headline below has two possible meanings: an intended meaning and an un- intended, funny meaning. For each headline, state whether the funny meaning is due to syntactic or semantic ambiguity and briefly (1 sentence) explain why. Remember that syn- tactic ambiguity always produces different meanings, so you should only answer semantic ambiguity if there is not syntactic ambiguity. (a) Bird Flu Fears Grip Turkey Semantic Ambiguity (different meanings of the noun “turkey” as a country or a bird) (b) Gator Attacks Puzzle Experts Syntactic Ambiguity (noun/verb ambiguity of ”attacks” and ”puzzle”) (c) Giant Waves in California Syntactic Ambiguity (adjective/noun ambiguity of ”giant” and noun/verb ambiguity of ”waves”) (d) Moose Remains Cremated Syntactic Ambiguity (noun/verb ambiguity of “remains”) (e) Artist Draws Fire for Recent Painting Semantic Ambiguity (”draws fire” can mean renders an image of flames, or elicits criti- cism) (f) A Boiled Egg is Hard to Beat Semantic Ambiguity (different meanings of the verb ”beat” as to scramble or to conquer) (g) Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Walmart Syntactic Ambiguity (whether the PP “in Walmart” attaches to “reunited” or “18 years”) (h) Hershey Bars Protest Syntactic Ambiguity (noun/verb ambiguity of “bars” and ”protest”) 1
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(i) Child’s Stool Great for Use in Garden Semantic Ambiguity (different meanings of noun ”stool” as a chair or feces) (j) Man Buys Rare Tiger with Credit Card Syntactic Ambiguity (whether the PP ”with Credit Card” attaches to ”buy” or ”rare tiger”) 2
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2. (50 pts, 1 pt per word) For each sentence below, label each word with its correct part-of-speech tag based upon the word’s use in the sentence. Punctuation should be ignored.
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