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  • Capture everything enclosed
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use strict; my $str = 'Alonso (2000) El papel del lenguaje interior en la regulaciĆ³n del comportamiento Azcoaga (1988) El papel del lenguaje interno en el proceso de conocimiento Caramazza (1989) On drawing inferences about the Structure of Normal Cognitive Sysytems'; my $regex = qr/(?<=\)\s).*/mp; if ( $str =~ /$regex/g ) { print "Whole match is ${^MATCH} and its start/end positions can be obtained via \$-[0] and \$+[0]\n"; # print "Capture Group 1 is $1 and its start/end positions can be obtained via \$-[1] and \$+[1]\n"; # print "Capture Group 2 is $2 ... and so on\n"; } # ${^POSTMATCH} and ${^PREMATCH} are also available with the use of '/p' # Named capture groups can be called via $+{name}

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