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.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Sociocultural awareness can be improved with research. SIL promotes ethnographic research and publishes its findings in books, journals and online at Ethnologue.com and SIL Electronic Working Papers.
There is a great need for recording and preserving the cultural and intangible heritage of people throughout the world. SIL field personnel conduct research following ethical guidelines and are encouraged to publish their findings. SIL considers this a professional obligation to the communities with whom the field workers are associated.