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
(August 2014) SIL Pacific Area Director Mark Taber announces the launch of the updated and expanded Pacific website, which is an expansion of SIL International's website. “We are committed to serving language communities in the Pacific by supporting them in achieving their language development goals. This website is another opportunity for local communities, government officials, academics, and other NGOs to get to know us better,” said Taber. “We want to tell others about the work we are doing and to promote greater access to the materials we develop.”
The new website features include:
Language is at the core of each community’s culture, heritage and identity. The Pacific’s many smaller language communities often lack the resources needed to ensure their language continues to serve its changing social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual needs and goals. SIL's mission is to support sustainable language development in Pacific communities through consultation, training, research and advocacy.
People who speak lesser-known languages often live in geographic, social, and economic isolation. Studying these languages results in practical help for local people and contributes to the broader knowledge of linguistics, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. SIL publishes its research and widely distributes it to libraries, universities, governments, and international agencies.
With 1,312 living languages, the Pacific region has the richest diversity of languages in the world. SIL has nearly 60 years of language development experience serving these language communities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia and Polynesia. SIL's mission is to support sustainable language development in Pacific communities through consultation, training, research and advocacy.