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How does Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics apply to everything?

How does Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics apply to everything?

Before we begin, let’s share our understanding about Syntactics, Semantics and Pragmatics with a simple refresher; broadly speaking, there are 3 kinds of ellipsis:
1) Syntax: Programming languages have constructs with which you write software to get machine to do something exactly how you want it. When we grew up, our parents told us how to ‘sit’ or ‘sleep’ or ‘stand’ – and so we did. And, we learned.
2) Semantics: Learning how to write software comes with the realization that there is more than way to tell the machine to do something exactly how you want it. Granted the programming constructs (and syntax) exist, but the way we craft commands differ from person to person. As we grew up, we learned that there is more than 1 way to sit, stand and sleep and more than once place to do it. And, we evolved our application of learning.
3) Pragmatics: As we started learning more than 1 programming language, we started to think about context and how to get what we want in a good way rather than focus on syntax itself. As we grew up, we started to think why we sit or sleep and realized that ‘rest/relaxation’ is what we want and there are many ways to get ‘rest’ and it depends on where we are and who we are with. And, we started thinking less about what we say/do and more about outcomes we want to drive in that context.
How important is context to understand meaning
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Social collaboration in a corporate context

Social collaboration in a corporate context

What is collaboration and is it important in a corporate context?
Is collaboration relevant in a decision making context?
Does social collaboration foster creativity?
Does it create silos?

These are some of the questions that bubble up when the subject of social collaboration in a workplace is brought up with friends or colleagues. Conversations about collaboration normally tend to branch out beyond the confines of ‘social’ so I’ll structure it based on three pillars: Tools, Process and Data. But first, let us look at the history of social collaboration to contextualise. Continue reading “Social collaboration in a corporate context” »

About Ravi Jay

Ravi is enthusiastic about all things Digital. Loves a good chat on gamification in retail. Talk to Ravi on Twitter @ravi_jay1 using #ThinkLookActDigital.

#Digital Lessons learned from a Stewardess

#Digital Lessons learned from a Stewardess

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I like visiting Poland during Winter (Brrrrr!) and it was last year that I found myself sitting on a flight back from Gdansk. I was startled when someone hit my elbow – it was the air hostess who was conducting the usual pre-take off routine – checking if the seat belts were fastened. Continue reading “#Digital Lessons learned from a Stewardess” »

About Ravi Jay

Ravi is enthusiastic about all things Digital. Loves a good chat on gamification in retail. Talk to Ravi on Twitter @ravi_jay1 using #ThinkLookActDigital.