Tuesday, October 02, 2012
An article in Spanish here on European languages that are in danger of 'digital extinction' claims that the majority of the 80 languages in Europe are in danger of fading away online in the future. The study sampled 30 languages, of which 21 were in danger. According to the study only English has a good amount of technological support, followed by Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian which have 'moderate technical support'. The languages of the 30 with the least amount of support were Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Maltese (note: of these, only Lithuanian has a Wikipedia of any notable size). Catalan, Euskara, Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian and Polish also have 'fragmentary' support.
Obviously the study did not include languages like Macedonian and Sorbian if Bulgarian and Polish are listed as being in danger while the former two are not.