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 entail for how people identify with specific languages? Could increasing reliance on real-time language technologies change the structure of language? In the long term, will developments in brain-machine interfaces serve to 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 about the significance of the human-machine era for societies. The Action is carried out 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, LITHME aims to equip linguists and non-academic organisations with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges of the human-machine era.

Coordination and funding

Dave Sayers, University of Jyväskylä, Finland