By Peter Bøgh Andersen

This e-book introduces uncomplicated conventional semiotic techniques and adapts them in order that they turn into priceless for reading and designing desktops of their symbolic context of labor. It provides a singular method of the topic, wealthy in examples, and is theoretically systematic yet useful. the writer refers to and reinterprets concepts already used, in order that readers can deepen their knowing. furthermore, it bargains new suggestions and a constant standpoint on desktops that's really applicable for brand new and software program whose major services are presentation and conversation. This ebook will profit all desirous about the improvement of platforms during which that means and interpretation are important.

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The following combinations all retain the "order" relationship between utterance and action: +utterance + action (the order is obeyed by performing the action) 1 Hjelmslev in fact saw this kind of "widening of scope" as a logical consequence of his approach, cf. Hjelmslev 1963: 127. LI. The structuralist heritage 49 +utterance - action (the order is disobeyed, the action is not performed) -utterance - action (the action is not performed because not ordered) but we cannot have -utterance + action (the action is performed without any order) since one of the defining characteristics of orders and requests is that the hearer would not perform the action in the absence of the request1.

In neither case was immanent analysis of the language practically possible, so written descriptions of the work were provided. In the Postal Giro case, a flow description of the written material was made; in the repair shop project, some car repairs were singled out for description via a means/ends analysis borrowed from AI. In both projects, the utterances were classified according to their function in the tasks and the work organization. The two cases differed in the way necessary knowledge about the work was provided.

The morphology of utterances depends upon the task in which they are embedded. The work organization deeply influences what is said and how it is said • • The employees' knowledge of the organization and its schedules is important in large scale enterprises. g. researchers) run the risk of interpreting the utterances incorrectly. Common knowledge about tasks and methods makes communication superfluous. Reproduction of skills, knowledge and norms is an important function of the work language • • • Mutual teaching among the employees takes place during normal work, and many work processes also have a teaching aspect: "look at me; this is the way things should be done".

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