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May 2013SIL International has received ten recommendations from the WEA Global Review Panel for translation of Divine Familial Terms. Recommendations one through four are cited here as the standards that SIL will use for translation of these terms. Recommendations five through ten will guide SIL’s processes in Bible translation, and will be specified in a separate document entitled, Processes for Accuracy and Accountability in Bible Translation.
Recommendations five through ten discuss “guided processes for ensuring accuracy and accountability in Bible translation.” As recommended, they are being incorporated into SIL’s translation processes. All SIL projects will now be reviewed and will come into compliance with all ten of the WEA recommendations. If certain projects do not comply, either with the Standards for Translation of Divine Familial Terms or with the Processes for Accuracy and Accountability in Bible Translation, SIL will withdraw from involvement.
Additionally, SIL will not produce or approve for publication any translated Scripture material that does not meet the standards stated in points one through four above.