Philology and Technology: Notes

applied and socio-linguistics

This essay for the inaugural issue of Technology and Language contrasts two visions for the future of philology. One seeks to establish it alongside philosophy and mathematics as a cross-cutting discipline for making sense of texts. The other takes technology seriously and renders texts materially present, exploring texts as untamed objects. What is happening with the love of language in a world in the overwhelming presence of so many things defined by their technicity? It is not content to discover the meanings of words and sentences, it seeks out the textualities of technology.