Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]
On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 02:21:45PM -0700, Tom wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 10:54:26PM +0200, David Jardine wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 12:11:49PM -0700, Erik Steffl wrote:
> > >
> > > english is like lego, yes there are some pieces that change shape
> > > etc. but it consists mostly of bricks and brick like pieces. german (and
> > > lot of other languages) is more like putty - you mold things together.
> > > the lego-like structure of english makes it easier to create a computer
> > > language...
> > >
> > But what the hell is English about the syntax of, for example,
> > if(isRed(the_fork)) ?
> > It sounds more like Italian to me.
> I think the "the" is throwing you:
> I would say isRed(fork) contains an implied [it] and [a]:
> [it] | is | fork
> | | \ \
> \a \red
> fork is a "predicate noun", red is an adjective
No, I want to hand them a fork and ask them if the fork (subject)
is red. I know it's a fork.
> But fork.isRed would be:
> fork | is \ red
> fork is the subject, red is "a predicate adjective"
Exactly. So I really want to say "If the fork is red.." and,
as Monique points out, you have to go object oriented to
> i'm just guessing, haven't diagrammed sentences since 6th grade
> I don't even think they teach this anymore
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