During the last 60 years, Europe has become a distinct political and economic structure. Culturally and linguistically it is rich and diverse. However, from Portuguese to Polish and Italian to Icelandic, everyday communication between Europe’s citizens, within business and among politicians is inevitably confronted with language barriers. The EU’s institutions spend about a billion euros a year on maintaining their policy of multilingualism, i. e., translating texts and interpreting spoken communication. Does this have to be such a burden? Language technology and linguistic research can make a significant contribution to removing the linguistic borders. Combined with intelligent devices and applications, language technology will help Europeans talk and do business together even if they do not speak a common language.
KeywordsLanguage Policy Machine Translation Speech Synthesis Text Corpus European Language
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