> Of course, 'real'  
> linguists have their terms and analyses for these things, which are  
> probably more useful.

Jon Oberlander once wrote a nice paper 'Grice for Graphics'
(1996), in which he elaborated the ways that secondary notation
is used in technical diagrams as a kind of linguistic pragmatics.

The example of how Max/MSP programmers lay out the flow of their 
system from left to right, despite the fact that the official syntax 
doesn't require this, is exactly like the cases that Jon analysed.


Alan Blackwell
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