Well, now we are even because I am not quite sure what you said.
I have done only a little programming and that only for my own use, but the way I would call a function by different names in Perl would be to first, make multiple copies of the same subroutine and give them different names, then second, see that my program had all these multiple redundancies, third, delete all the extra copies, and fourth, write another subroutine that would call the first subroutine, taking as its input a any one item from a pre-defined list, fifth, see if I could combine the two subs into one again -- in effect mimicking a natural language characteristic.
As far as a long string of participles, Greek has more than English, so in Greek you can say with one word what in English would require two. So Greek has one word for "being quiet," another for "being silent," et. al. Socrates refers to himself as "going off and living in the country, being quiet and keeping my peace" as "this," "that," "the former," "this ridiculous fantasy" (actually, he doesn't say the last, but that is what he means). First he establishes the topic, then he refers to it in different ways. Reading this passage cultivates a certain frame of mind that holds a complex idea in suspension, ready to be employed at any given moment. It is a particularity of Plato's descriptions of Socrates' style. I found it very elegant.