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Auditory Interfaces as a Sign System: An Application of Peircean Semiotics to Human-Computer Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  ` Application of Pearcian Semiotics to auditory Interfaces Peirce (1955) pointed out cognition, thought, and even human itself is a sign. “The entire universe is”, He wrote, “perfused with signs, if it is not composed exclusively of signs.” And His essential philosophical foundation of semiotics is his universal categories. His semiotic point of view was based on phenomenology. In his view there are three modes of beings; firstness, secondness, thirdness (Peirce, 1955). This paper analyzes auditory interfaces as signs and attempts to apply Peircean semiotic theory to auditory interfaces and shows each semiotic process and character of auditory interfaces affects on usability on HCI. According to Peirce (1955, p. 99), “A sign is something standing for something to somebody in some respects or capacity .” And what stands for is its object. An interpretant is its meaning or the idea which it gives rise to in the mind of somebody (Figure2). Auditory interfaces are also signs standing for events on operating a system to users in HCI. Auditory interfaces notice what events are happening on monitor screen or indicate system-operating process. And a premise of interfaces on HCI is usability. User interfaces need no aesthetic value. Their prior purpose is how they give their intentions to users exactly, efficiently, and usably. In this paper, auditory interfaces are divided into three kinds, that is, a verbal message, an earcon, and an auditory icon. Each auditory interface has own character of signs. And its perceiving, signifying interpreting processes and modes of being are different. Therefore this paper described the logic of sign and the modes of sign first. Peirce’s semiotics has three trichotomies of concepts for a sign, an object and interpretant. The first tricotomy is about a sign in itself and its actual existence. The second is

Authors: Nam, Yoon Jae.
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Application of Pearcian Semiotics to auditory Interfaces
Peirce (1955) pointed out cognition, thought, and even human itself is a sign. “The
entire universe is”, He wrote, “perfused with signs, if it is not composed exclusively of signs.”
And His essential philosophical foundation of semiotics is his universal categories. His
semiotic point of view was based on phenomenology. In his view there are three modes of
beings; firstness, secondness, thirdness (Peirce, 1955). This paper analyzes auditory interfaces
as signs and attempts to apply Peircean semiotic theory to auditory interfaces and shows each
semiotic process and character of auditory interfaces affects on usability on HCI. According to
Peirce (1955, p. 99), “A sign is something standing for something to somebody in some respects
or capacity .” And what stands for is its object. An interpretant is its meaning or the idea which
it gives rise to in the mind of somebody (Figure2). Auditory interfaces are also signs standing
for events on operating a system to users in HCI. Auditory interfaces notice what events are
happening on monitor screen or indicate system-operating process. And a premise of
interfaces on HCI is usability. User interfaces need no aesthetic value. Their prior purpose is
how they give their intentions to users exactly, efficiently, and usably.
In this paper, auditory interfaces are divided into three kinds, that is, a verbal message,
an earcon, and an auditory icon. Each auditory interface has own character of signs. And its
perceiving, signifying interpreting processes and modes of being are different. Therefore this
paper described the logic of sign and the modes of sign first.
Peirce’s semiotics has three trichotomies of concepts for a sign, an object and
interpretant. The first tricotomy is about a sign in itself and its actual existence. The second is


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