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
Ethnomusicology and the Arts within SIL is concerned with researching and catalyzing creativity in artistic forms local to minority language communities around the world, to help them address their spiritual and social needs.
People working in the arts in SIL involve themselves with at least four kinds of activities:
This five-minute video illustrates some of the intense analytical tools that a researcher may use to accomplish the second of these activities, understanding local arts.
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