Multilingualism in cyberspace: a practical reality?

Harvey, Richard ORCID: (2022) Multilingualism in cyberspace: a practical reality? International Review of Information Ethics, 32 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2563-5638

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The loss of a language is often phrased in catastrophic terms despite the evolution of languages being a quite natural process. Here we discuss language loss and language use in the digital domain. We note that while English still dominates cyberspace, other languages are growing rapidly, so it seems likely that the future will not be monolingual but multilingual. We show that efforts to mandate the use of minority languages are unlikely to be successful and can backfire. The question therefore arises of how best to handle minority languages in the digital domain. This article argues that the best, and maybe the only, solution is high-quality machine translation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication,cyberspace,translation,multilingualism,linguicide,languages,information systems,sdg 4 - quality education,sdg 17 - partnerships for the goals,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions,sdg 10 - reduced inequalities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1710
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Smart Emerging Technologies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2022 15:32
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 15:32


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