Icelandic Language at Risk Because Gadgets Can’t Speak It
An entire culture could be lost in translation. The native language of Iceland’s 340,000 people is a source of national identity and steeped in Norse tradition. But GPS directions stumble over Icelandic names and digital assistants like Siri and Alexa can’t recognize it — a new blow to a language already under threat from a tourism industry conducted mostly in English. If Icelanders can’t use tech in their own language, they’ll likely resort to speaking English in daily life — which some worry could spell hörmung for Icelandic.