The project has received funding from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme under Grant Agreement nº 270893.

Language White Papers

The META-NET Language White Paper series "Languages in the European Information Society" reports on the state of each European language with respect to Language Technology and explains the most urgent risks and chances. The series will cover all official European languages and several other languages spoken in geographical Europe. While there have been a number of valuable and comprehensive scientific studies on certain aspects of languages and technology, there exists no generally understandable compendium that takes a stand by presenting the main findings and challenges for each language. The META-NET white paper series will fill this gap.





Inmaculada Hernáez, Eva Navas, Igor Odriozola, Kepa Sarasola, Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza, Igor Leturia, Araceli Diaz de Lezana, Beñat Oihartzabal, Jasone Salaberria, 2012, The Basque Language in the Digital Age / Euskara Aro Digitalean, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30795-9 (printed book), ISBN 978-3-642-30796-6 (ebook).

Back cover quotes:

"The Language White Paper Series is an excellent initiative of META-NET, in keeping with our motto 'Give and spread knowledge'. We hope that it will further foster investment in Language Technology solutions for less resourced languages like Basque."
— Iñaki Goirizelaia (Rector of the Universidad del País Vasco)





Asunción Moreno, Núria Bel, Eva Revilla, Emília Garcia, Sisco Vallverdú, 2012, The Catalan Language in the Digital Age / La llengua catalana a l'era digital, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30677-8 (printed book), (ebook).





Sophia Ananiadou, John McNaught, Paul Thompson, 2012, The English Language in the Digital Age, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30683-9 (printed book), (ebook).

Back cover quotes:

"As an information solution provider and academic publisher, we at Elsevier appreciate the great benefits that integrating language technology solutions into our platforms such as SciVerse can bring to researchers in allowing them to improve their research outcome and to find the information they are looking for quickly and easily. We hope that the META-NET initiative, and in particular this white paper, will allow people working in different areas to gain an understanding of the significant potential of language technology solutions, and help to drive further research into this area."
— Rafael Sidi (Vice President, Product Management for ScienceDirect, Elsevier)

"Language technology has the potential to add enormous value to the UK economy. Without language technology, and in particular text mining, there is a real risk that we will miss discoveries that could have signi?cant social and economic impact."
— Douglas B. Kell (Research Chair in Bioanalytical Science, University of Manchester)





Carmen García Mateo, Montserrat Arza Rodríguez, 2012, The Galician Language in the Digital Age / O idioma galego na era dixital, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30798-0 (printed book), ISBN 978-3-642-30799-7 (ebook).





Mike Rosner, Jan Joachimsen, 2012, The Maltese Language in the Digital Age / Il-Lingwa Maltija Fl-Era Diġitali, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30680-8 (printed book), ISBN 978-3-642-30681-5 (ebook).

Back cover quotes:

"The Maltese language traces its roots to the arrival of the Arabs in Malta over 1000 years ago. Originally SiculoArabic, Maltese later followed its own path to linguistics development, evolving and adapting itself in response to political events in our islands that left their mark not only on the language but also on the Maltese People. In our language, we can perceive a reflection of our history and a confirmation of the tenacity of our People to hold on to their own identity in spite of having been ruled by different foreign powers. Today, Maltese is more alive than ever before and will again adapt itself, this time in response to the technological developments of the present. In this way, it will guarantee its own survival in the future."
— His Excellency Dr. George Abela (President of Malta)

"It would be really unfortunate if we did not exploit the developments in technology to apply them to the linguistic field. The synergy between these two sciences has to be brought to the service of the people so that it makes our life easier and helps to break the barriers in a globalised world. Thus the technology support for the Maltese language should serve our language to be continuously cultivated, used and placed on the same level as other languages."
— The Hon. Dolores Cristina (Minister for Education and Employment)

"Mapping out the territory of Maltese in a digital age"
— Prof. Ray Fabri (Council for the Maltese Language)





António Branco, Amália Mendes, Sílvia Pereira, Paulo Henriques, Thomas Pellegrini, Hugo Meinedo, Isabel Trancoso, Paulo Quaresma, Vera Lúcia Strube de Lima and Fernanda Bacelar, 2012, A Língua Portuguesa na Era Digital / The Portuguese Language in the Digital Age, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-29592-8 (printed book), ISBN 978-3-642-29593-5 (ebook).

Back cover quotes:

"This book presents an overview of the language technology area with a focus on the Portuguese language. Although written for a non-technical audience, the presentation is sound, what comes as no surprise from a set of authors where the most internationally recognized researchers in this area in Portugal are to be found. This is a must-read book for anyone wishing to understand the importance of this area."
— Prof. Doutor Miguel Filgueiras, Emeritus Professor (University of Oporto)

"The processing of written and spoken languages is a crucial area for the new modalities of human-computer natural interaction. In an accessible yet scientific and rigorous way, this book presents the state of the art in the digital age of the computational processing of the Portuguese language, one of the languages with more rapid expansion and more economictechnological importance in the western world."
— Dra. Daniela Braga, International Program Manager (Microsoft, Redmond WA, USA)

"The research carried out in the area of language technology is of utmost importance for the consolidation of Portuguese as a language of global communication in the information society."
— Dr. Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime-Minister of Portugal





Diana Trandabăţ, Elena Irimia, Verginica Barbu Mititelu, Dan Cristea, Dan Tufiş, 2012, The Romanian Language in the Digital Age / Limba română în era digitala, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30702-7 (printed book), (ebook).





Maite Melero, Toni Badia, Asunción Moreno, 2012, The Spanish Language in the Digital Age / La lengua española en la era digital, White Paper Series, Berlin, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-30840-6 (printed book), ISBN 978-3-642-30841-3 (ebook).



These as well as the rest of the available Language White Papers are available at the META-NET project website.


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