From: Marcia Karp
Nancy Gish wrote:
>computer is a binary system, it only knows A or B. It has no nuance.
While our computers are binary at a machine level -- bits are on or
off -- what you say is not true. Even the clumsiest of languages allow
for multiple-decision- or knowledge-trees. As for nuance, it is old
news, but worth repeating, that programs are limited (and also freed) by
the state of the art and the skill of humans in using it. And as for
knowing, I think we agree this is a metaphorical useage.
And that's only for starters.
So far no one has mentioned the fact that the
language teachers' job vis-avis spelling has been reduced
to homographs, for the much greater part. Now we can give
fine approval to the work of the spell-checker for all the other
spellings (hetero-graphs?). In the mean time the state of
spelling of our students goes undetected, and is becoming
weaker all the time. In Japan and China computers
are wiping out the usasges of whole areas of writing
because students no longer have to practice the complex
If you don't like it, pull the plug;
demand that students hand in their work in