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
SIL has Linguistics Coordinators responsible for different regions and areas. These coordinators act as a primary clearinghouse for linguistic activities within their area of responsibility, encouraging and facilitating academic production and connecting people. To contact one of them, please go to the contact page, and select "linguistics" from the "category" drop-down menu.
The current Coordinators are:
Brian O'Herin, Ph.D.International Linguistics Coordinator
Mary Pearce, Ph.D.Associate International Linguistics Coordinator
A list of former International Linguistics Coordinators can be found here.
Mary Pearce, Ph.D.Africa Area Linguistics Domain Leader
Steve Echerd, M.A.Americas Area Linguistics Services CoordinatorAsia
Brian Migliazza, Ph.D.Asia Area Linguistics CoordinatorEurasia
Joan Baart, Ph.D.Eurasia Area Linguistics Co-CoordinatorLinda Humnick, Ph.D.Eurasia Area Linguistics Co-Coordinator
Mary Salisbury, Ph.D.Pacific Area Linguistics CoordinatorSign Languages
Albert Bickford, Ph.D.Global Sign Languages Team Linguistic Services Coordinator