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(June 2009) The Eleventh International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL) is being held 22–26 June in Aussois, France. SIL personnel are presenting seven papers and chairing two sessions. One of the presenters, SIL International Academic Services Director J. Stephen Quakenbush, also serves on the ICAL Steering Committee which supervises ICAL conferences.
The Ethnologue catalogs nearly 1,250 Austronesian languages (the world's most widespread language family), ranging from Taiwan to New Zealand, and from Madagascar to Easter Island. SIL linguists have conducted field research in hundreds of Austronesian languages.
Papers for 11•ICAL were solicited on any topic related to Austronesian languages, including but not limited to:
SIL focuses on less-documented languages. People who speak these languages often live in challenging geographic, social and economic conditions. Researching these languages often leads to practical help for local people and contributes to the broader knowledge of linguistics, anthropology and ethnomusicology. SIL publishes its research and widely distributes it to libraries, universities, governments and international agencies.
As a leader in the research of the world's endangered languages through language survey, SIL facilitates language development to prevent the extinction of language and culture.
SIL's premier publication, the Ethnologue: Languages of the World, is a comprehensive catalog of the world’s more than 6,900 living languages.