Svandís Svavarsdóttir, MP for the Left-Greens, has put forward a parliamentary resolution on scheduling a plan of action on ensuring the use of the Icelandic language in information technology and encouraging the use of the language in the digital realm on behalf of the parliament’s general and education committees, mbl.is reports.
Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
“It is important for Icelanders to be able to use their native language in the same areas as other nations use theirs. Those individuals who are not able to use their native language in some contexts in their country are disadvantaged. Use of the [Icelandic] language has shifted into new and previously unfamiliar domains and the language needs to adapt,” the committees said in a statement.
The movers of the resolution would like to see a committee of experts established and a plan of action submitted no later than May 15, 2014.
In 2012, the Icelandic language was given a poor ranking in a report on the position of languages towards new information technology in 30 European countries. The results were sorted into several categories and in most cases Icelandic was assigned the lowest mark.
Among the aspects considered in the report was the availability of word and text collections, software used for processing language (speech synthesizers and speech analyzers), translations, analysis and correction of grammar.
Icelandic Language Professor Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson at the University of Iceland commented to Morgunblaðið at the time that Icelandic is lagging behind other countries which are leading in adapting new technology to their languages.