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Buffalo buffalo buffalo: One-word sentences and how they work - Emma Bryce


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‘Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo’ is a grammatically correct sentence. How? Emma Bryce explains how this and other one-word sentences illustrate some lexical ambiguities that can turn ordinary words and sentences into mazes that mess with our minds.

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  • Educator Emma Bryce
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