What features of natural languages should programmers investigate?

We watched a presentation by Ola Bini on Expressing abstraction—Abstracting expression, and the language geek in me got very excited when he introduced some natural language examples of different modes of expression.

But I was soon disappointed by his choices:

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • redundancy

Now, these are perfectly worthy topics for consideration, but if we really want to explore alien paradigms, how about we venture further afield. Here are a few:

 

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