This is what happens every time we plan a road trip, build furniture, shop for beverages and basically perform any activity that involves measurements.
What would happen if natural languages behaved like programming languages?
I’m no expert in programming languages, but I know enough to realize that the slightest mistake can mess up hundreds of lines of code. Luckily for us, speakers of natural languages are better at deciphering messages, even those abound in morphosyntactic blunders.
I deeply relish bread made in Germany, but ordering bread in German is le pain of my existence.
In an attempt to satisfy my linguistic curiosity, I picked up learning Japanese again. The journey begins by brushing up the hiragana syllabary, and it has already given my Western brain a bit of trouble.