ATG Quirkies: If You Can’t Talk To Your Fridge Is Your Language Dying?

According this post from the AP, a language more than a thousand years old is at risk. It seems that Icelandic is not only being undermined by the widespread use of English, even worse, computers and robots can’t grasp it.

Since Iceland became fully independent from Denmark in 1944, both politicians and purists have promoted the need to foster and preserve the language. But the odds against them are growing.  The final straw? “Icelandic ranks among the weakest and least-supported language in terms of digital technology – along with Irish Gaelic, Latvian, Maltese and Lithuanian – according to a report by the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance assessing 30 European languages…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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