Language technologies offer many handy services, such as instant translation. However, speakers of smaller languages could be missing out. MEP Jill Evans believes the EU could help.
Online there is a growing gap between large, well-resourced languages and languages with fewer speakers. Jill Evans, a UK member of the Greens/EFA group, has written an own-initiative report on language equality in the digital age. In it she describes the challenges facing smaller languages in the digital era and the possible ways they could be given support.
Parliament’s culture and education committee adopted the report on 19 June and it will now be up to MEPs to vote on it during an upcoming plenary session. This is expected to be in September. Once adopted, the report will be forwarded to the European Commission for consideration.
We asked Evans to tell us more about her report.
We ask Siri for directions or ask Alexa to play a song. Speakers of lesser used or minority languages are unable to access those services in their own languages