# SEMIOTICS, MODELS AND COMPUTING

### Bertil Ekdahl

#### 2008

#### Abstract

Recently, semiotics has begun to be related to computing. Since semiotics is about the interpretation of signs, of which language is a chief part, such an interest may seem quite reasonable. The semiotic approach is supposed to bring semantics to the computer. In this paper I discuss the realistic in this from the point of view of computers as linguistic systems, that is, as interpreters of descriptions (programs). I maintain the holistic view of language in which the parts are a whole and cannot be detached. This has the implication that computers cannot be semiotic systems since the necessary interpretation part cannot be made part of the program. From outside, a computer program can very well be considered semiotically since the equivalence between computers and formal system implies that there is a well defined model (interpretation) that has to be communicated.

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#### Paper Citation

#### in Harvard Style

Ekdahl B. (2008). **SEMIOTICS, MODELS AND COMPUTING** . In *Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,* ISBN 978-989-8111-38-8, pages 283-289. DOI: 10.5220/0001702602830289

#### in Bibtex Style

@conference{iceis08,

author={Bertil Ekdahl},

title={SEMIOTICS, MODELS AND COMPUTING},

booktitle={Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,},

year={2008},

pages={283-289},

publisher={SciTePress},

organization={INSTICC},

doi={10.5220/0001702602830289},

isbn={978-989-8111-38-8},

}

#### in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,

TI - SEMIOTICS, MODELS AND COMPUTING

SN - 978-989-8111-38-8

AU - Ekdahl B.

PY - 2008

SP - 283

EP - 289

DO - 10.5220/0001702602830289