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
Promotes socio-cultural awareness in training and fieldwork, supports ethnographic research and provides resources for cultural documentation.
Focuses on developing the ability to communicate in a second language, with special emphasis on languages for which there are few or no written or recorded resources.
The interaction of language and society–how all aspects of society have an effect on language, and how language has an effect on society.
Language and culture are inextricably interwoven. Effective use of or work with a language requires a good understanding of the culture that is associated with and expressed through that language.