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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
  complicated/irregular grammar).

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 talking about???

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?


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