|Syntactic Confectionery Delight|
Re: Re: The (futile?) quest for an automatic paraphrase engineby kiat (Vicar)
|on May 17, 2004 at 05:26 UTC||Need Help??|
My understanding of "Time flies like an arrow"...
I think someone (could be Chomksy) paired that sentence with "Fruit flies like a banana."
I may be wrong but I think "Fruit flies like a banana" is used to demonstrate the difficulty of understanding the meaning of a given utterance. So "Fruit flies like a banana" can be understood as:
1) A type of insects called fruit flies that like a banana (so 'like' is used a a verb)
2) A kind of fruit that flies like a banana. ('flies' used a verb and 'like' as a conjunction)
Incidentally, I found some articles here: