While multilingualism is one of Europe’s greatest assets, it is also one of the most substantial challenges for the creation of a truly integrated EU. Around 80 languages are used in the EU, and language barriers have a profound effect, not only on the establishment of a common European identity, but also on worker mobility and cross-border e-commerce, trade and public services. This study, published by STOA in March 2017, charts the emergence of new technological advancements, based on increased computational power and access to big data, through which human language technologies (HLT) are becoming real solution to overcoming language barriers. However, most of the technical progress so far has been with only one language, English.
While multilingualism is one of Europe’s greatest assets, it is also one of the most substantial challenges for the creation…
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