Language equality in the digital age
Towards a human language project - Study
The EU is a unique endeavour involving more than 500 million citizens sharing about 80 different languages, and while multilingualism is a key feature, it is also one of the most substantial challenges for the creation of a truly integrated EU. Language barriers have a profound effect on cross-border public services, on fostering a common European identity, on workers’ mobility, and on cross-border e-commerce and trade, in the context of a Digital Single Market. The emergence of new technological approaches, based on increased computational power and access to sizeable amounts of data, are... making Human Language Technologies (HLT) a real solution to overcoming language barriers. However, several challenges, such as market fragmentation and unsubstantial and uncoordinated funding strategies, are hindering the European HLT community, including research and industry.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (European Parliament) Themes: Information technology and telecommunications, Terminology and linguistics
- Subject: digital technology, equal treatment, EU initiative, EU research policy, impact of information technology, information technology, language policy, linguistic group, new technology, official language