Bertil Ekdahl



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

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

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,
SN - 978-989-8111-38-8
AU - Ekdahl B.
PY - 2008
SP - 283
EP - 289
DO - 10.5220/0001702602830289