LITHME: Language In The Human-Machine Era

Funding Source

COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology


COST Action CA19102


June 2020 – May 2024 (48 months)


Skills development,
Advanced technologies,

Open access resource




How will pervasive augmentation technology affect language in areas such as international law, translation, and other forms of language work? What will this mean for how people identify with specific languages? Could increasing reliance on real-time language technologies actually change the structure of language? Longer term, might developments in brain-machine interfaces serve complement or even supersede language altogether?


The LITMHE project is a COST Action that gathers researchers from disciplines including computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and language policy, to think on the significance of the human-machine era for societies. The Actions unfolds in working groups that focus on specific areas, namely: law; language technology; language rights; language ideology; language learning; language work. By fostering dialogue between groups, this Action aims to equip linguists and non-academic organisations with the knowledge and skills to face the human-machine era.


Coordination and funding

Dave Sayers, University of Jyväskylä, Finland