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That Goes Without Saying (or Does It?)

Presenter Larry Wall
Time 2010-10-15 10:20:00
Length 40min
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Abstract That Goes Without Saying (or Does It?)
Linguist Roman Jakobson famously said, "Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey." Contrary to the Whorf-Sapir hypothesis, your language of choice does not generally prevent you from thinking certain thoughts, but your language can certainly make it easier or harder to express those thoughts. Lately I've enjoyed playing with various Perl examples on rosettacode.org, and have noticed this principle in action. In this talk we'll look at some of the ways a language can make your life more miserable than it needs to be.

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