What is an example of reentrancy in everyday speech?

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  • As far as I know, "reentrancy" is only a technical term in computer programming, and is not used at all in everyday speech. – GEdgar Feb 11 at 12:54
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    I was watching a presentation where it was said that "reentrant" structures are present in language when linguists trying to describe how meaning is derived and it's one of the problems of natural language processing. I know reentrant computer programs but I can't come up with an example in english. – user3737190 Feb 11 at 13:16
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    Note: In the light of comments so far. I've edited the question. It can be changed back if I misunderstood. – chasly from UK Feb 11 at 13:25

Without studying the subject and after a quick Google search, this seems to be an example:

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The above comes from:

Mapping between English Strings and Reentrant Semantic Graphs Fabienne Braune1, Daniel Bauer2, Kevin Knight3 http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=

  • Thanks! What was your search query? – user3737190 Feb 11 at 15:01
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    I've forgotten. I started off with linguistics reentrancy, then computational linguistics and probably ended up with natural language reentrant – chasly from UK Feb 11 at 15:20

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