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Re: Questions for a language designer
I may have mentioned this before, but there is a good set of pages
about language design:
It is not about computer-language design, but Scott McKay's
questions reminded me... Here, the would-be language designer
is made to realize that he/she has not considered pronouns or
number systems, let alone verb tenses or gender.
Someone animated by a purely aesthetic desire for a new and
more beautiful language might be daunted.
I get the same feeling from Scott's list of questions.
To switch metaphors, I guess it depends on whether one is
designing a car or an engine.
It's certainly possible to design a language and not be able
to implement it. It's even more likely that someone will implement
a language they have not designed.
If someone told me they want to design a language, I would be
more interested, at least initially, by their motivations. Afterward,
I think the conversation would naturally go toward specific
existing languages, and whether they might fill the bill.
Kevin Kelleher <email@example.com>