English-like Python

Steven D'Aprano steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Thu Jan 22 08:46:18 CET 2009


On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:57:49 -0800, Aaron Brady wrote:

> Natural language doesn't have the equivalent of parentheses, 

I take it you mean natural language doesn't have the equivalent of 
parentheses for *calling*, since NLs can (and do) use parentheses for 
grouping -- as well as various conventions regarding dashes -- terms 
together.

I'm not aware of any NL that uses some sort of calling convention, but it 
isn't impossible. Most sentences have an object, a subject and a verb, 
just like OO method calls. So logically:

"Peter ate the sandwich"

is equivalent to:

Peter.eat(sandwich)

modulo complications due to tenses and similar.



-- 
Steven



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