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
SIL has Linguistics Coordinators responsible for different regions and areas. These coordinators act as a primary clearinghouse for linguistic activities within their area of responsibility, encouraging and facilitating academic production and connecting people. To contact one of them, please go to the contact page, and select "linguistics" from the "category" drop-down menu.
The current Coordinators are:
Brian O'Herin, Ph.D.
International Linguistics Coordinator
Mary Pearce, Ph.D.Associate International Linguistics Coordinator
A list of former International Linguistics Coordinators can be found here.
Thomas Blecke, Ph.D.Linguistics Domain Team Leader for Francophone Africa
Oliver Stegen. Ph.D.
Linguistics Domain Team Leader for Anglo-Lusophone Africa
Steve Echerd, M.A.
Americas Area Linguistics Services CoordinatorAsia
Brian Migliazza, Ph.D.
Asia Area Linguistics CoordinatorEurasia
Kathleen Sackett, M.A.
Eurasia Area Linguistics Co-Coordinator
Mary Salisbury, Ph.D.
Pacific Area Linguistics CoordinatorSign Languages
Albert Bickford, Ph.D.Global Sign Languages Team Linguistic Services Coordinator