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The European Language Technology Landscape in 2020: Language-Centric and Human-Centric AI for Cross-Cultural Communication in Multilingual Europe

Georg Rehm; Katrin Marheinecke; Stefanie Hegele; Stelios Piperidis; Kalina Bontcheva; Jan Hajic; Khalid Choukri; Andrejs Vasiljevs; Gerhard Backfried; Christoph Prinz; José Manuel Gómez Pérez; Luc Meertens; Paul Lukowicz; Josef van Genabith; Andrea Lösch; Philipp Slusallek; Morten Irgens; Patrick Gatellier; Joachim Köhler; Laure Le Bars; Dimitra Anastasiou; Albina Auksoriute; Núria Bel; António Branco; Gerhard Budin; Walter Daelemans; Koenraad De Smedt; Radovan Garabí­k; Maria Gavriilidou; Dagmar Gromann; Svetla Koeva; Simon Krek; Cvetana Krstev; Krister Lindén; Bernardo Magnini; Jan Odijk; Maciej Ogrodniczuk; Eirí­kur Rögnvaldsson; Mike Rosner; Bolette Pedersen; Inguna Skadina; Marko Tadic; Dan Tufis; Tamás Váradi; Kadri Vider; Andy Way; Francois Yvon
In: Nicoletta Calzolari; Frédéric Béchet; Philippe Blache; Christopher Cieri; Khalid Choukri; Thierry Declerck; Hitoshi Isahara; Bente Maegaard; Joseph Mariani; Asuncion Moreno; Jan Odijk; Stelios Piperidis (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020). International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2020), Marseille, France, Pages 3315-3325, ISBN 979-10-95546-34-4, European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 5/2020.


Multilingualism is a cultural cornerstone of Europe and firmly anchored in the European treaties including full language equality. However, language barriers impacting business, cross-lingual and cross-cultural communication are still omnipresent. Language Technologies (LTs) are a powerful means to break down these barriers. While the last decade has seen various initiatives that created a multitude of approaches and technologies tailored to Europe’s specific needs, there is still an immense level of fragmentation. At the same time, AI has become an increasingly important concept in the European Information and Communication Technology area. For a few years now, AI – including many opportunities, synergies but also misconceptions – has been overshadowing every other topic. We present an overview of the European LT landscape, describing funding programmes, activities, actions and challenges in the different countries with regard to LT, including the current state of play in industry and the LT market. We present a brief overview of the main LT-related activities on the EU level in the last ten years and develop strategic guidance with regard to four key dimensions.


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