Publication details [#7430]

Pateman, Trevor A. 1981. Communicating with computer programs. Language & Communication 1 (1) : 3–12.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Person as a subject


P. argues that there are distinctive characteristics of communication between humans and computer programs, analyzable in terms of a concept of play derived from the work of Gregory Bateson, and using concepts drawn from speech act theory. The value of using computer programs in education, counseling, and medical diagnosis is considered.