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.
Over 7,000 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's commitment to see people flourishing using the languages they value most.
Who we are:
SIL International is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Founded in 1934, SIL has grown from a small summer linguistics training program with two students to a staff of over 5,000 people from 89 countries of origin. SIL is currently involved in over 1,660 active language projects, representing 1.07 billion people in 162 countries.
Inspired by God’s love, we advocate, build capacity, and work with local communities to apply language expertise that advances meaningful development, education, and engagement with Scripture.
The international headquarters for SIL is located in Dallas, Texas, USA, with additional regional administrative offices on five continents. The organization is incorporated as the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc. (SIL), a Texas non-profit educational corporation, and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as exempt from income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. An international Board of Directors with thirteen members from eight nations provides governance to SIL.
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