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Humanist Archives: Oct. 12, 2022, 6:09 a.m. Humanist 36.206 - studies of terminological infusion?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 206.
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        Date: 2022-10-12 05:01:25+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: studies of terminological infusion?

Forgive my neologism, 'terminological infusion". I am looking for
studies which focus on the spread of cybernetic and computational
language into the vernacular. Theoretical studies would be useful, but
what I am most looking for are ones that take up the way such language
entered common speech in the period immediately following World War II.
Empirical ones that cite the evidence.

In dealing with the early history of computing we tend to go for those
at the centre of the action, such as Norbert Wiener, John von Neumann et
al. I am interested in ordinary people, how the ways in which they
thought was influenced by words such as 'feedback', and how words like
'interaction' took on the connotations of the back-and-forth with
computational machines. Any help along such lines would be greatly
appreciated. And, of course, discussion of such things here.

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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