Georg Rehm, H. U. (2013). [e-Book] META-NET Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe 2020, Springer-Verlag GmbH
The unique multilingual setup of our European society imposes grand societal challenges on political, economic and social integration and inclusion, especially in the creation of the single digital market and unified information space targeted by the Digital Agenda. As many as 21 European languages are at risk of digital extinction. ey could become victims of the digital age as they are under-represented online and underresourced with respect to language techno–logies. Moreover, huge market opportunities remain untapped because of language barriers. If no action is taken, many European citizens will find that speaking their mother tongue leaves them at a social and economic disadvantage.Future-proofing our languages requires a modest investment which will return a strong competitive advantage, since the technologies needed to overcome language barriers and support languages in the digital age are key enabling technologies for the next IT revolution.