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
Language is an intangible heritage. It is the cultural thread that weaves generations together and contributes to the rich fabric of our common humanity. In the mosaic of our multicultural and multilingual world, it is often the ethnolinguistic minorities who face the greatest challenges in preserving their unique identity and voice.
Local and national groups increasingly acknowledge the need for cultural and language preservation for ethnolinguistic minorities. In many parts of the world there are open opportunities to equip communities to develop their own languages to serve them in all aspects of life.
Language development is a complex task. As partnerships are formed and strengthened, tools and techniques are developed to support the use of all languages in a globalized world.