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.
7,099 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
What forms of publications are available?
We offer three different forms of publishing on this website: books for sale, articles and other works to read online, and works from our archives. By typing a subject into the search box you will be served a listing of all materials related to that subject. Clicking on a listing will take you to an online work, a print publication or a citation from the archives.
Clicking on a country link on the SIL Publications homepage will take you to all the works available through our publishing operations in that country.
How do I find a title?
You can type in a title, an author, a subject and see all the results associated with that search: some of the works are read online, some are available for purchase. Titles that are available for purchase can be ordered through our site and we will ship to you. Most of our works available for purchase are also carried by major distributors such as Amazon and can be ordered through them.
How long does it take to process an order?
If the title is in stock it takes approximately two business days to process and ship an order.
Is it possible to return a product?
Yes. Our return policy outlines what is returnable and the process you must follow to make a return. Do not send a work back without following the process as we are unable to make refunds without a pre-authorization number on the package.
Are your titles available elsewhere?
Yes, almost all of our titles are available through several online retailers, including Amazon, Baker & Taylor, and Blackwell Books.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards: Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express
Do you ship overseas?
Yes, we ship worldwide and you may order online through this website or through other online retailers such as Amazon, Baker & Taylor, and Blackwell Books.
How do I contact SIL Publications?
Click here for our contact information. Our office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST, Monday - Friday.
How do I submit a manuscript or abstract for consideration?
The vast majority of the work we publish comes from our staff in the course of their field work. Very rarely does a work created by an author outside our organization go through our publishing house. Additionally, our focus is endangered and minority languages and the works we publish are in that area of study. If you believe that your work would fit into our area of study, then send an email to