The last frontier in the philosophy of language: implications of ICT for the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis


Alex Kasonde


Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe


The paper argues that the advent of Information Communications Technology (ICT) bears implications for the philosophy of language generally and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (SWH) in particular. The paper’s argument is premised on the potential of ICT to provide solutions in digital communication that are more user-friendly than hitherto attempted. To achieve the intended outcome the paper briefly discusses the relationship between ICT, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and philosophy of language from an African perspective. In conclusion, the paper poses a challenge for jurisprudence and the philosophy of language. The paper suggests that user-friendly interventions in future legislation and policy pertaining to digital communication will increasingly need to recognize the virtues of linguistic diversity and multilingualism.


ICT; philosophy of language; Sapir-Whorf hypothesis; user-friendly

Publication Date

June 1, 2008


Volume 2, Issue 1

Citation information

Kasonde, Alex. 2008. “The last frontier in the philosophy of language: implications of ICT for the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.” Language. Text. Society 2 (1): e48-e54. (Journal title at the time of publication: SamaraAltLinguo E-Journal.)


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