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A new study warns that less-common languages are in danger of disappearing from the Internet.
Tongues including Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Maltese simply have too few speakers to gain a foothold, and too few examples online to power translation engines. While they are among those with the highest risk for digital extinction, no language — other than English — is safe. Even Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish were shown to have no better than “moderate support,” when it came to resources to fuel increasingly sophisticated technology such as speech-to-text and voice-controlled devices.
- Most European languages unlikely to survive online: report (nbcnews.com)
- Report: The Internet Is a Language Killer (technewsworld.com)
- Most European languages “unlikely to survive in the digital age” (sociable.co)