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 provides specialized software which supports language development. Most of these applications are available to download for free.
Recording speakers of the world’s languages is fun and rewarding, but keeping all the resulting files and meta data organized? SayMore makes that part fun, too.
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myWorkSafe provides a super-simple backup system for language-development workers.
Provided with a corpus of phonetic data, Phonology Assistant automatically charts the sounds and, through its searching capabilities, helps a user discover and test the rules of sound in a language. Works with data from FieldWorks’ Language Explorer (FLEx), Toolbox or Speech Analyzer.
FLEx helps linguists have fun when building a lexicon and interlinearizing texts (no backslash codes!) Powerful bulk editing tools can save hours of work. FLEx allows control of which fields and entries show up in a dictionary publication.
WeSay helps non-linguists build a dictionary in their own language. It has various ways to help native speakers to think of words in their language and enter some basic data about them (no backslash codes, just forms to fill in).