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(September 2010) Three SIL linguists are presenting papers at the Sixteenth Himalayan Languages Symposium 2–5 September. The symposium is being held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.
The Himalayan Languages Symposium was first held in 1995 at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and is now well established as an annual open forum for scholars of all aspects of Himalayan languages. The subject matter of the symposium is geographical rather than language-based, reflecting the huge linguistic diversity of the Himalayas, and the depth of contact and syncretism between Himalayan languages and cultures. This is the first time the symposium is being held in London.
Language research and documentation are core contributions SIL makes to the world’s understanding of languages. Field linguists work in partnership with minority language speakers to collect and analyze language and culture data, producing linguistic descriptions: phonologies, grammars and dictionaries. SIL facilitates the publication of research in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomusicology and other fields. SIL has surveyed more than 2,500 languages, contributing unique and significant data to the Ethnologue, a reference volume cataloging the world’s known living languages.