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Metrical Stress, Feet, Syllables, Genders,Personified Computers etc.

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 23:27
Philippe Caquant wrote:
> It would be quite interesting to analyse command > languages too, regarding processes. Commands like KILL > (a process; not the programmer neither the user, > usually), or ABORT, or INVOKE, or IGNORE, are very > evocative.
Well, ABORT, INVOKE and IGNORE in normal English don't need human objects. "To abort" merely means to cancel a process that's already started before its completion, e.g., "abort a countdown", "abort a mission", etc. The common usage as in the abortion debate comes from that meaning, "abort a pregnancy" = "end the process of pregnancy before the natural end, i.e., birth. I fail to see how "invoke" even has any human connotations. How can you "invoke" a person? Things that are invoked are inanimates, like spells. You can also ignore natural processes or objects, especially ones that serve as evidence of natural processes or human actions. KILL certainly does imply a metaphor of being animate. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42