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(May 2009) SIL linguists are presenting two papers at SEALS XIX, the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society's annual meeting 28–29 May. The host at the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City is the Faculty of Vietnamese Studies in the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Parallel tracks include:
Dr. Kirk R. Person, with SIL and Payap University, Thailand, is presenting "Linguists and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Working together for ethnic minority education."
Mr. Andrew Carson, with SIL and International Cooperation Cambodia is presenting "A comparison of Tampuan dialects."
Abstracts were invited for papers on any topic related to the analysis of Southeast Asian languages including descriptive linguistics, theoretical or historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology (ethnolinguistics, language attitudes and ideology, discourse and conversational analysis, language and gender, language and politics), language planning, literacy and bilingual education.
Mr. Brian Migliazza, also with SIL, is serving on the international planning committee of SEALS.
SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities whose voices are often not heard, by facilitating language development through research, training and advocacy. SIL is committed to ongoing training to further develop competency within those communities. SIL provides consultant help to develop the capacity of community educators and national program designers to create effective multilingual education programs.