Re: [-empyre-] C. S. Peirce and Code

around the 17/10/05 Roman Danylak mentioned about Re: [-empyre-] C. S. Peirce and Code that:
But its still English isn't it?

well yes, but if you want 'language' in this discussion to mean something as broad as "recognisable English" then of course you'd argue that it is no different to other writing :-)

I write a hypertext hypertextually. That is in a hypertext environment (and so don't treat hypertext as 'merely' a publication format). I choose to link from "I love my Mum". Should I link from "Mum" or "love". Believe me, which I link from *does* affect what gets and is written at the destination (I have done this with students for 10 years), I don't know an equivalent 'speech act' when composing with a pen, or a typewriter.

Is this still English, well, a link is a performative in Austin's sense, but that is an effect of language, not English. Is it a different writing? Yes, absolutely. Is writing mathematics different to writing English? Probably, are they different 'languages', well in your argument (if I have got it right) no, since they can both be read in English perfectly reasonably.

I think for most in this discussion language is weighted to sense and affect (as writer and reader), perhaps your question is more to commonality of architecture?
Adrian Miles


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