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Auditory Interfaces as a Sign System: An Application of Peircean Semiotics to Human-Computer Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  X^ Except artificial manipulating computer or occurring system error, only situation of a receiving an e-mail can happen. Because this message has a general type and is a conventional sign as a language, we can call it legisign. And it indicates an actual fact that an e-mail has arrived at my computer system, so that it is a dicent. An earcon is a dicent indexical legisign. Musical signs are used in our everyday life. For example at a quiz show on TV when a game player answers correct some musical sounds come out. If a player answers wrong another sounds come out. We can know whether the answer is correct or wrong by only listening the musical sounds. Another example is gong sounds which are used in boxing or wrestling match. These sounds are indicators of something. The musical sound using on TV quiz show indicates correct answer or wrong answer. The gong indicate a game starts or ends. The function of a musical sound used for auditory interfaces is the same as them. When some computer program is opened for using it, some musical sound may come out through speakers. This sound indicates opening of a program. Actually this sound is no similarity or analogy with operations of user and events on PC monitor directly. The dynamic connection of auditory sense of person and the task of computer makes musical sounds serve as a sign. But any musical sound may not be an index. People can judge how a situation is by only listening a musical sound. Usually error message is high tone and single sound. And people feel musical sound as positive or negative, processing or suspension, and relax or tension because feeling of music is conventional. And making musical sound should abide by a law: harmonics counterpoint and so on. And it indicates actual events on using a computer, so that earcon can be a dicent indexical legisign.

Authors: Nam, Yoon Jae.
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Except artificial manipulating computer or occurring system error, only situation of a receiving
an e-mail can happen. Because this message has a general type and is a conventional sign as a
language, we can call it legisign. And it indicates an actual fact that an e-mail has arrived at my
computer system, so that it is a dicent.
An earcon is a dicent indexical legisign. Musical signs are used in our everyday life.
For example at a quiz show on TV when a game player answers correct some musical sounds
come out. If a player answers wrong another sounds come out. We can know whether the
answer is correct or wrong by only listening the musical sounds. Another example is gong
sounds which are used in boxing or wrestling match. These sounds are indicators of something.
The musical sound using on TV quiz show indicates correct answer or wrong answer. The
gong indicate a game starts or ends. The function of a musical sound used for auditory
interfaces is the same as them. When some computer program is opened for using it, some
musical sound may come out through speakers. This sound indicates opening of a program.
Actually this sound is no similarity or analogy with operations of user and events on PC
monitor directly.
The dynamic connection of auditory sense of person and the task of computer makes
musical sounds serve as a sign. But any musical sound may not be an index. People can judge
how a situation is by only listening a musical sound. Usually error message is high tone and
single sound. And people feel musical sound as positive or negative, processing or suspension,
and relax or tension because feeling of music is conventional. And making musical sound
should abide by a law: harmonics counterpoint and so on. And it indicates actual events on
using a computer, so that earcon can be a dicent indexical legisign.


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