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's dedication to language development past and present
(July 2008) A conference about multilingualism on the World Wide Web drew 105 registrants from 15 countries 2–4 July to Yakutsk, the capital of Siberia, in the Russian Federation. The designation by the United Nations of the year 2008 as the International Year of Languages formed the backdrop for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace, a collaboration between UNESCO offices and domestic governmental agencies.
Of nearly 7,000 languages on earth today, less than one hundred are represented in the digital world. Speaking in Russian or English, ten plenary speakers addressed the complete conference. Participants then chose from five work sections, containing 48 papers.
SIL's work involves developing technologies that allow all languages to be represented and used in the rapidly changing world of information technology and cyberspace. Plenary speaker William W. McLendon, Jr., Director of IT Technical Services, SIL, presented his paper, "SIL Technology for Multilingualism in Cyberspace." Significant areas of SIL contribution were outlined as follows.