How does the linguistic diversity of Europe reflect in new media? Do regional and minority languages contribute to EU digital language diversity, and to what extent? Is it possible for regional or minority language speakers to have a digital life in those languages?
In these reports we present the results of the first survey about the actual needs of European minority languages speakers regarding digital opportunities. The survey is part of the work carried out within DLDP.
The goal of DLDP is to help minority language speakers in the acquisition of intellectual and practical skills to create, share, and reuse online digital content, at the same time defining general guidelines and best practices for the promotion of minority languages with poor digital representation, a fact that further prevents their usability on digital media and devices.
The focus of the project is on four European minority languages at different stages of digital development (Basque, Breton, Karelian and Sardinian), which enables a comparison about the role of the availability of digital content for promotion of digital usage of these languages and development of language-based digital applications.
With the aim of understanding the specific needs and the particular behaviour of speakers of these languages, during Spring 2016 the DLDP consortium conducted a survey focused on gathering information about their personal digital use of the language and about any known digital resource and services that make use of the language. We received feedback from almost 2,000 speakers and we are now in the position of showing the results for future actions.
The survey was launched on the Internet and used social media extensively. Thus, the profile of the respondent belongs to a person who makes a minimal digital use of the language in their everyday life. This fact must be taken into account by the reader.