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 provides specialized software which supports language development.
Andika is a sans serif Unicode font designed especially for literacy use and the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear letterforms that will not be easily confused with one another.
Annapurna SIL is a Unicode-based font family with support for the many diverse languages that use Devanagari script.
Balsa is an SD card-based software package for language workers where power for computer use is a major problem and there is little on-site IT support. Balsa provides software supporting translation, literacy and language documentation. It has a simple interface, and is readily upgraded by switching out the SD card.
Learning to read takes books. Learning to read well, and developing a love of reading, takes lots of books. Books at all different skill levels. But how are low-literacy language communities ever to get all those books in their language? They can do it with Bloom.
FLEx enables linguists to be highly productive when building a lexicon and interlinearizing texts. Powerful bulk editing tools can save hours of work. FLEx allows control of which fields and entries show up in a dictionary publication. Through Pathway, beautiful dictionaries can be exported easily. Send/Receive Project allows users to collaborate with colleagues located anywhere.
Graphite is a package that can be used to create "smart fonts" capable of displaying writing systems with most complex behaviors.
Paratext allows you to input, edit, check, and publish a translation of the Scriptures, based on the original texts (Greek, Hebrew), and modeled on versions in major languages.
Recording speakers of the world’s languages is fun and rewarding, but keeping all the resulting files and meta data organized? Converting files to archive formats? Transcription? Painful. That’s why we built SayMore – to make common Language Documentation tasks fun and to keep you productive.
SILKin is software designed to facilitate collection, analysis, and reporting of kinship terminologies. The program graphically displays genealogical structures and intelligently supports development of term definitions.
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).