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Semiotics of Programming

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ISBN-10: 0521736277

ISBN-13: 9780521736275

Edition: 2009

Authors: Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

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Book details

List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Aim of This Book
Computational Contributions to Semiotics
Semiotic Contributions to Computing
Related Work
The Structure of This Book
Computer Signs in Programs
Introduction
Two Sample Programs
Identifiers
Semantic Levels of Identifiers
Computer Hardware Level
Programming Language Level
Natural Language Level
Pansemiotic View
Models of Signs
The Babylonian Confusion
Two Models of Signs
Two Hypotheses
A Traditional Hypothesis
A New Hypothesis
Two Programming Paradigms and the Sign Models
Dyadic/Triadic Identifiers
The Functional Paradigm and the Dyadic Model
The Object-Oriented Paradigm and the Triadic Model
The Babylonian Confusion Revisited
Summary
Marriage of Signifier and Signified
Properties of Signs
Lambda Calculus
The Lambda-Term as a Sign Model
Definition of Signs by Self-Reference
Self-Reference and the Two Sign Models
The Saussurian Difference
Summary
Being and Doing in Programs
The Antithesis of Being and Doing
Class and Abstract Data Type
A Being Program Example
A Doing Program Example
Being versus Doing and the Two Sign Models
To Be or To Do
Summary
Kinds of Signs and Content
The Statement x: = x + 1
Different Kinds of Signs
Semiotic Ambiguity of Identifiers
Hjelmslev's Connotation and Metalanguage
Peirce's Icon, Index, and Symbol
Correspondence of the Two Sign Classifications
Summary
Three Kinds of Content in Programs
Thirdness
Definitions and Expressions
Currying
Church's Transformation
Thirdness in Programs
Summary
An Instance versus The Instance
Haecceity
A Case Study of a Digital Narrative
Levels of Instantiation
Restoring Haecceity
Optimization
Interaction
Haecceity and Reflexivity
The Kind of the Instance
Summary
Systems of Signs
Structural Humans versus Constructive Computers
Uncontrollable Computers
Signs and Self-Reference
A Structural System
A Constructive System
Structure versus Construction
Summary
Sign and Time
Interaction
The State Transition Machine
Referential Transparency
Side Effects
Temporality of a Sign
Interaction and a Sign
Sign and Sein
Summary
Reflexivity and Evolution
Reflexivity of Natural Language
Reflexivity of a Sign System
Categories of Reflexivity
Reflexivity of a Computer System
Reflexivity of a System of Computer Systems
Summary
Conclusion
Glossary
Refernces
Index