Paper #15

Feeding two wolves: the human and the computational in document analysis

Julian Warner

Queen’s Management School, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom


This paper reviews the current relevance of the understanding of index languages and of the possible relation between information science and linguistics presented by Jean-Claude Gardin in his 1973 article, Document theory and linguistic analysis.  It concludes that the model of index languages remains substantially valid and can be adapted to modern practice and that information science and linguistics can continue mutually to inform each other.

Keywords: Document analysis, Information science and linguistics, Jean-Claude Gardin, Transdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinary, Human and computational modes