There's a song lyric that, when repeated, becomes a different sentence even though it's pronounced the same:

You're worn out sole to heel


To heal your worn-out soul

You're worn out sole to heel / you're worn out sole / to heal your worn-out soul

Is there a specific name for this kind of sentence where it completely changes meaning because of the heterographic homonyms?

  • I expect there's a relevant data processing term for "misparsing caused by choosing the wrong starting point in a repeating sequence", but I seriously doubt there'd be enough use for such a term in natural language processing. Particularly if we're talking about contexts involving repeated sounds, rather than the written form as such. – FumbleFingers Feb 13 '18 at 18:41
  • Hmm, I feel like maybe there's a puzzle type similar to this, but I'm not finding it. Maybe you could call it a homophonic ouroboros? – 1006a Feb 14 '18 at 0:17

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