Keynote Address

By Larry Wall (‎TimToady‎)
Date: Saturday, 9 October 2010 09:30
Duration: 50 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language:


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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