The writing style commonly used in IMing, texting, and other forms of computer-mediated communication need not spell the end of normative language.
In October of 1976, the newly-organized Semiotic Society of America convened its first conference. The attendees – literature professors, anthropologists, popular culture specialists, French teachers, art historians, linguists, philosophers – each seemed to have a personal reason for coming. Some were fans of Charles Sanders Peirce (an early figure in… (More)
Which computer languages should we be teaching our students — and why? This paper examines the multitude of languages now available from three perspectives: classificatory, predictive, and pedagogical. It offers a “linguistic” analysis of computer languages in terms of their structure, their function, and their genealogy. Using these… (More)