| Definition -
A major development in 20th century Western philosophy that saw a focus
shift from metaphysics and epistemology to the use and structure of language. It
(1) The use of language in itself creates certain philosophical problems and
(2) The language you use shapes the thoughts you think (see Sapir–Whorf hypothesis).
Etymology - According to the essay collection Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Reification of Language, the phrase was coined by the the Austrian philosopher Gustav Bergmann.