Garden path sentence
A garden path sentence, such as “The old man the boat,” is a grammatically correct sentence that starts in such a way that a reader’s most likely interpretation will be incorrect; the reader is lured into a parse that turns out to be a dead end or unintended. Garden path sentences are used in psycholinguistics to illustrate the fact that when human beings read, they process language one word at a time. “Garden path” refers to the saying “to be led down the garden path”, meaning to be deceived, tricked, or seduced.
concept used in:
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
University of Michigan
Coursera, October 5 – December 27, 2015