[OT] Why is it called string?
bkelley at wi.mit.edu
Thu Aug 21 17:03:11 CEST 2003
This just goes to show that what is visible is usually the tip of the
It turns out that the term "linguistic string" has been in use for a
long time in the linguistics community to describe language syntax.
Zellig Harris apparently used the term in some of his work (published
around 1936). In 1965 Naomi Sager used "linguistic string" theory to
form the Linguistic String Project mainly used as an application toward
medical documents using a controlled medical vocabulary.
n : a linear sequence of words as spoken or written [syn: string,
string of words, word string]
The earliest paper I can find directly related to Linguistic strings is:
Linguistic String Analysis (1960)
Naomi Sager, NYU
ALthough I'm fairly sure the term was widely used in the liguistic
community in the 1950's.
So it seems that, indeed, the Incan's were first :)
Brian Kelley bkelley at wi.mit.edu
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 617 258-6191
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