The Ability of Second Year English Language Major Students in Translating Garden-path Sentences
The aim of this study was to investigate the capability of second year English major students, Suan Sunandha
Rajabhat University in translating garden path sentences and whether or not they have an unconscious knowledge of how the
syntax works. A qualitative case study research design was adopted to find out if the 25 subjects could manage to
successfully decrypt ten ambiguous sentences in part of speech into fully understandable Thai before and after the guidance.
Descriptive statistics were also used to support the qualitative data. The results indicated the problem involved with the
specific garden path sentences, part of speech. The subjects are able to translate the ambiguous garden path sentences better
after given a hint.
Index Terms - ambiguous sentences,English to Thaitranslation, English language, garden-path.