Are some languages better than others r m w dixon written in an accessible and engaging style to appeal to a general audience contains extensive anecdotes and details of unusual linguistic phenomena from a range of languages. No absolutely not when a language enables people belonging to a society to express everything they want to and be understood by the other members of that society it is objectively just as good as say english or mandarin languages as english are a lot richer as a consequence of its huge number . This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask are some languages better than others can we say for instance that because german has three genders and french only two german is a better language in this respect. With that background you can easily see that for some algorithms some languages are easier to program in than others a quicksort is a lot harder to code in fortran than c or java but for many array operations fortran is faster than c and much faster than java. New in paperback are some languages better than others r m w dixon written in an accessible and engaging style to appeal to a general audience
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