For collectors of headline ambiguities …

[22 April 2009; unintended injection of draft notes for other postings removed 18 November 2017]

Linguists (and others) like to collect cases in which the compressed, telegraphic style of newspaper headlines lead to unexpected syntactic ambiguities.

The Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican both carried stories yesterday about the results of a new University of New Mexico study on the incidence of spinal injuries in the U.S.

I showed them to Enrique, who glanced at the headline in the Journal:

Paralysis More Widespread Than Thought

and asked “When did the Albuquerque Journal start covering W3C and ISO Working Groups?”

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