Impossible for anyone to miss the media blitz generated by META-NET’s September 20th press release stating that at least 21 of Europe’s dozens of languages are under threat of digital extinction. If you’re interested in seeing how the world reacted to this challenging finding, check out the META site where they are keeping a very useful tally of the media fall-out, which totals over 400 mentions from round the globe. They inevitably come mainly from Europe and in large part from language communities conventionally known as “smaller” due to the size of their native-speaker base. I wonder if META-NET will do some fine-tuned analytics on the sentiments expressed in this intriguing multilingual corpus and its social media extensions.
Author: Andrew Joscelyne.