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Title: Semiotics of Programming 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521516556 


Author: Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

Hardback: ISBN:  9780521516556 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780521736275 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 19.99


Abstract:

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.

- Straddles the domains of semiotics and computation, as well as those of
the humanities and engineering, and of studies of humans and machines 
- Explains the essence of semiotic theories in a formal way 
- Explains the 'why' of computer programming from a humanities viewpoint,
which has rarely been addressed in other books about computer programming 



Contents

1. Introduction; 
2. Computer signs in programs; 
Part I. Models of Signs: 
3. The Babylonian confusion; 
4. Marriage of signifier and signified; 
5. Being and doing in programs; 
Part II. Kinds of Signs and Content: 
6. The statement x := x + 1; 
7. Three kinds of content in programs; 
8. An instance vs. the instance; 
Part III. Systems of Signs: 
9. Structural humans vs. constructive computers; 
10. Sign and time; 
11. Reflexivity and evolution; 
12. Conclusion 


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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