The Language of Programming

The Language of Programming

Humans use language to communicate with one another; humans use programming to communicate with machines (or do they?). In this talk we’ll look at the practice and culture of programming from the perspective of linguistics, the scientific study of the form, meaning, and function of language. We’ll explore what lessons we as programmers can learn from subfields as varied as grammar theory, language acquisition, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

(Presented at Deconstruct 2018, GOTO Chicago 2019)


Anjana Sofia Vakil

May 22, 2018