A Theory of Computer Semiotics: Semiotic Approaches to by Peter Bøgh Andersen

By Peter Bøgh Andersen

This publication introduces simple conventional semiotic recommendations and adapts them in order that they develop into precious for examining and designing computers of their symbolic context of labor. It offers a unique method of the topic, wealthy in examples, and is theoretically systematic yet useful. the writer refers to and reinterprets recommendations already used, in order that readers can deepen their figuring out. moreover, it bargains new strategies and a constant standpoint on desktops that's quite acceptable for brand new and software program whose major capabilities are presentation and verbal exchange. This publication will profit all fascinated about the advance of structures during which that means and interpretation are important.

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Some situations are symbolically marked as teaching or problem solving situations, but many conversations have both functions. Decisions are taken as paradigmatic for future situations. Communication types serving to reproduce consensus about past and present events are intertwined with types that are more directly related to actual work. Work language patterns interfere with patterns originating from non-work contexts • • Conversation patterns from other contexts are used metaphorically in the working context; this metaphorical character is evidenced by the fact that the utterances are not to be taken at face value.

Interference of contexts In the preceding, I have treated work language as a unique language variety, in order to emphasize its characteristic features. But the work place is of course not a closed world, and contains traces of conversations that do not belong to work proper. An example of this is situations where utterances are not meant in a literal way. In the following example, a worker has left the reception desk in order to fetch materials from a department downstairs. Not all material is delivered to the department.

Words and sentences do not have fixed meanings, but interact with the context of situation in a complex way. Now, since semiosis consists in the interaction of two coupled phasespaces it follows that at least one of them must exist in many types. Since change of context normally changes contents but leaves the expression level intact, the content plane is assumed to contain many systems, each one representing a specific context of situation. The self-sufficient nature of semiotic systems: although the model must account for contextual variation, it must retain Hjelmslev's insight that semiotic systems contain an immanent logic that preserves their identity and structural stability.

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