Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
(August 2010) The Society for Caribbean Linguistics is holding its 18th Biennial Conference 9–13 August in Barbados, sponsored by The University of the West Indies. This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of Professor Richard Allsopp, Caribbean linguist and lexicographer. In keeping with his contribution to language and culture, the theme of the Conference is "Caribbean Languages and Popular Culture."
Language research and documentation are core contributions SIL makes to the world’s understanding of languages. Field linguists work in partnership with minority language speakers to collect and analyze language and culture data, producing linguistic descriptions: phonologies, grammars and dictionaries. SIL facilitates the publication of research in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomusicology and other fields. SIL has surveyed more than 2,500 languages, contributing unique and significant data to the Ethnologue, a reference volume cataloging the world’s known living languages.