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

Author

Alex Kasonde

Affiliation

Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

Publication Date

June 1, 2008

Issue

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. https://ltsj.online/2008-02-1-kasonde. (Journal title at the time of publication: SamaraAltLinguo E-Journal.)

BibTeX

@Article{Kasonde2008,
author = {Kasonde, Alex},
title = {{The last frontier in the philosophy of language: implications of ICT for the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis}},
journal = {Language. Text. Society},
year = {2008},
volume = {2},
number = {1},
pages = {48–54},
url = {https://ltsj.online/2008-02-1-kasonde/},
}

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