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Semiotics of Programming

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Semiotics of Programming by Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii
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Tanaka-Ishii presents a semiotic analysis of computer programs along three axes: models of signs, kinds of signs, and systems of signs. Because computer programs are well defined and rigid, applying semiotic theories to them will help to reorganise the semiotic theories themselves. Semiotic discussion of programming theory can provide possible explanations for why programming has developed as it has and how computation is fundamentally related to human semiosis. This book considers the question of what computers can and cannot do, by analysing how computer sign systems compare to those of humans. A key concept throughout is reflexivity - the capability of a system or function to reinterpret what it has produced by itself. Sign systems are reflexive by nature, and humans know how to take advantage of this characteristic but have not yet fully implemented it into computer systems. The limitations, therefore, of current computers can be ascribed to insufficient reflexivity.

Author Biography

Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Informatics at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her major areas of interest are computational linguistics, natural language processing, and computational semiotics. Her previous books include Text Entry Systems: Mobility, Accessibility, Universality (co-edited with I. Scott MacKenzie) and a joint translation (with Kyo Kageura) of Troisi me cours de linguistique g n rale (1910 911): d'apr s les cahiers d'Emile Constantin by Ferdinand de Saussure.
Release date Australia
March 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
55 b/w illus. 4 tables
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
232
Dimensions
152x228x16
ISBN-13
9780521516556
Product ID
3894300

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