We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Language Diversity Project’s (DLDP) survey into the digital needs of four lesser-used European languages: Basque, Breton, Karelian and Sardinian.
Over the next few weeks the DLDP project will be sending out questionnaires to a range of organisations and individuals engaged in promoting these languages.
The survey results will be processed and will help decide how best to develop digital support for these languages which will lead to the establishment of a Digital Language Survival Kit, namely a set of recommendations to promote the digital use of minority languages.
The survey will also act as the first ever study of the digital needs of minority language speakers. It will give stakeholders and academia a detailed view into what grass-roots organisations and the actual language communities themselves are thinking about in terms of how they want to develop provision for their languages in the digital sphere.
In addition, the project will develop a Road Map for Digital Language Diversity which will guide policymakers and stakeholders on the way forward in how language organisations and governments can effectively develop digital tools which help the revitalisation of lesser-used and endangered languages.
The DLDP project, supported by the EU Erasmus Plus programme, is led by Dr. Claudia Soria of the Institute of Computational Linguistics at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche based in Pisa, Italy. It comprises the European Language Equality Network (ELEN), the Northern European and Baltic languages within the Institute of Slavic, Turkic and Circum-Baltic Studies (ISziB) at the University of Mainz, the Basque organisation Elhuyar, and the Karelian Language Society.
Speaking to the press Dr. Soria said that: “All of us on the team are very excited to send out the DLDP survey to the Basque, Breton, Karelian and Sardinian language communities. For the first time ever we will get a real insight into what the actual language community needs are in terms of digital development and provision.”
For further information please contact:
Claudia Soria +39 050 315 3166