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(January 2009) SIL International Linguistics Consultants are presenting papers and chairing a symposium at the 83rd annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and at the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). The two meetings are running concurrently 8–11 January in San Francisco, California.
SIL's exhibit this year will announce the 16th edition of Ethnologue: Languages of the World, which catalogs 6,909 known living languages. The new edition will be available in the spring. The exhibit will also hold scheduled demonstrations of SIL FieldWorks Language Explorer, currently being used in small- to medium-sized dictionary projects at several universities. SIL FieldWorks is a software suite that helps researchers manage language and cultural data, from the initial collection stage to the publication of dictionaries, text collections and grammars.
SIL personnel have a long history of involvement with the LSA. Kenneth Pike served as its president in 1961. Others have served on the editorial board of Language, the LSA Executive Committee or on other committees. Thomas Payne is continuing Chair of the Committee on Language in the School Curriculum. Gary Simons has just finished a term on the LSA's Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation.
The Linguistic Society of America has approximately 7,000 members from many countries. The Society's two most prominent continuing activities are publishing its premier journal, Language, and convening its annual meeting.