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.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Other professional experience and service
Saurman, Mary, and Todd Saurman. 2004a. Applied ethnomusicology: The benefits of approaching music as a heart language. Journal of Language and Culture 23(2):15–31. Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development. Salaya, Thailand: Mahidol University.
Saurman, Mary, and Todd Saurman. 2004b. Music in culture. International Digging Stick 7(1):1–3.
Saurman, Mary. 1999. The agreement of Thai speech tones and melodic pitches. Notes on Anthropology 3(3):15–24.
Saurman, Mary. 1996. Thai speech tones and melodic pitches: How they work together or collide. EM News. 5(4):1–6.
Saurman, Mary. 1995. The effect of music on blood pressure and heart rate. EM News 4(3):1–2.
Saurman, Mary. 1993. Music: A bridge to literacy. Notes on Literacy 19(3):34–42.
Saurman, Mary. 2010. Culturally relevant songs: Teaching tools in education programs. Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Sixth Symposium of the Internal Council for Traditional Music Study Group on Music and Minorities and the Second Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology, Hanoi, Vietnam. July 19–30, 2010.
Saurman, Mary, and Glenn Stallsmith. 2010. Traditional music and arts in the classroom: A whole-brain learning approach to language and culture acquisition. Paper presented at the 1st Philippine Conference-Workshop on Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. February 18–20, 2010.
Saurman, Mary, and Todd Saurman. 2008. Incorporating relevant cultural art forms and oral traditions into community-based education programs. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. July 1–3, 2008.
Saurman, Mary, and Todd Saurman. 2006. Art forms and ethnomusicologists in Asia as bridges between local, national, and global communities. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Honolulu, Hawaii. November 16–19, 2006.
Saurman, Mary, and Todd Saurman. 2003. Music, the language of the heart, the unifying beat of group identity and a bridge to literacy. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. November 6–8, 2003.
Works by this author in SIL Language & Culture Archives