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SubjectRe: Internationalizing Linux
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smurf@noris.de (Matthias Urlichs) said:

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> English is rather difficult to parse without hard AI, its free-form grammar
> lends itself to some rather creative uses. Granted that those are more
> common in SF novels (I particularly like Douglas Adams when it comes to
> creative usage of English ;-) than in UN documents...

So? English is meant to communicate primarily humans in "soft" ways, the
"creative use" is one of the great strenghts of "natural" languages. For
communicating with computers (and humans!) in precise ways, you need
artificial languages, be they programming languages like C or mathematical
symbology. Both of these have a long history, they evolve and new ones
branch off regularly.
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