Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax
Monique Y. Herman wrote:
On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 at 22:37 GMT, Erik Steffl penned:
english has a fairly simple a regular grammar so it's fairly easy
to create english based programming language - the basic control
structures are pretty much english sentences.
This would be fairly hard todo in other languages that has more
irregular grammar (the ones I know anything about have a lot more
Hrm. German and Latin are much more regular than English. French is,
too, iirc. English has a *lot* of irregularity.
german is regular? with each word changing depending on how it's used
in sentence (case)??? gender being pretty much random? what are you
in english there are few cases of irregularity (past tense/past
participle of some verbs, few words have non-standard way to create
plural and that's pretty much it). each words has at most few forms,
easily recongizable (as in: the forms are created in same way for almost
all the words). and the structure of the sentence is pretty simple as well.
compare that to german where each words has number of forms
(depending on what it relates to), and these forms are created in
different ways for different words.
example: in english, if I know the verb (one word) I can pretty much
use it in a sentence. how many forms of each verb in german do you need
to know to be able to use it in a sentence?