From Writing to Computers by Julian Warner

By Julian Warner

We don't have to glance some distance for symptoms of divided attention in regards to books and desktops. for example, the uk facts safety Act 1984 gave British matters a few rights of entry to computer-held info on themselves yet to not paper documents. From Writing to pcs takes as its crucial subject the difficulty of a unifying highbrow precept to attach books and desktops. Julian Warner makes use of an procedure in line with semiotics, and in addition attracts on linguistics, details technological know-how, cognitive technology, philosophy and automata reviews. overlaying a number of themes from the kin among speech and writing, to transitions from orality to literacy and claims for a transition to a data society, the writer goals all through to render advanced rules intelligible with no lack of rigour. From Writing to desktops addresses usual readers who, as social beings and individuals of political groups, are tormented by, and implicated, in major advancements in tools for storing, manipulating and speaking details. it's also meant for college kids of the disciplines on which the ebook attracts: semiotics, info reports, linguistics, laptop technological know-how, philosophy and psychology.

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There is then no resemblance as such between written language and speech: writing can only indicate particular features of a continuously varying utterance, extended over time not space, and alphabetic writing requires a highly contrived degree of segmentation of speech. The distinction which can be made between forms of writing intended for transmission over time alone and over both space and time is applicable to both non-oral and oral forms of writing. It can also be discerned in historical and contemporary contrasts.

The term ‘inscription’ will be used for writing intended for preservation over time and ‘document’ for forms of writing transmitted over space and time. The scope given here to the terms inscription and document is subtly, although still significantly, different from the meanings the terms can obtain in relevant specialized and ordinary discourse. Epigraphy and palaeography are both studies concerned, in contrasting ways, with the recovery and transcription of written communication. Epigraphy focuses on writing on hard materials and tends to refer to its objects of study as inscriptions; palaeography is principally concerned with handwriting on soft materials (Diringer 1968:2) and may refer to its objects of study as documents.

Recorded or transmitted speech has partly usurped functions previously largely reserved to writing. Written language once had communicative possibilities denied to speech— the transmission of messages to receivers distant in space and time without immediate reliance on the memory of a human intermediary. The late nineteenth century inventions of the telephone (1876) and phonograph (1857–1877) enabled speech to be used for distant geographic and temporal communication. In turn, these audio media have been supplemented by audio-visual media, such as film and television, which can combine utterance and image for distant communication.

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