Type of empty list

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Question

Why is

([]::[Int]) == ([]::[Char])

a type error and not just True (because both lists are empty) or False (because the types mismatch)?

Related question: Why is

map :: (a -> b) -> [a] -> [b]
map f (x:xs) = f x : map f xs
map f xs@[] = xs

a type error and the case definition

map f [] = []

is not?


Answer