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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2013, Issue 195


Reflecting on human language through computer languages

Kyo Kageura
Published Online: 2013-06-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0040


Apart from human languages, few sign systems are as complex and powerful as programming languages. In fact, programming languages share all the essential features of human languages. The semiotic study of programming languages can therefore contribute to our understanding of human semiosis, in addition to being an interesting and worthwhile topic of analysis in its own right. Tanaka-Ishii's Semiotics of programming focuses on the semiotic examination of programming languages, but also provides important insights into human semiosis in general and into the clarification of semiotic theories. This review article examines how essential issues related to semiotics and human languages are addressed in the book.

Keywords: programming languages; human language; self-reference; reflexivity; human semiosis; Saussure; Peirce

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Kyo Kageura

Kyo Kageura (b. 1964) is a professor at the University of Tokyo 〈 〉. His research interests include language and media and translation. His publications include The dynamics of terminology: A descriptive theory of term formation and terminological growth (2002); Kodomo to Hanasu Kotobatte Nani [Talking to children: what is language?] (2006); “An analysis of the motivatedness structure of Japanese terminologies” (2008); and “Analyzing the status of borrowed morphemes in terminological structure” (2010).

University of Tokyo

Published Online: 2013-06-07

Published in Print: 2013-06-06

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2013, Issue 195, Pages 409–414, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0040.

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