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SIL authors contribute to the education of students in the fields of Linguistics, Translation, Cultural Studies, and Literacy with a wide list of works used in educational programs.
How does a language community sustain their language in the face of ever-increasing forces of language shift? This volume, both a textbook and a handbook, is the result of ten years of reflection by the authors in light of SIL International’s 80 years of fieldwork in local language communities. Using the Sustainable Use Model detailed here, readers work towards ongoing maintenance of their language at a sustainable level. This could include, not only the level of active literacy, but also levels of orality and identity. The book is aimed at “on the ground” workers involved with a community, to address issues arising from language and culture contact.
Juba Arabic is an Arabic creole closely related to Kinubi. It began developing in the Equatoria Region of what is now South Sudan over 100 years ago, and spread widely, now being the spoken lingua franca of the region. It has become so well established that expatriates working in Equatoria often find themselves in situations in which neither English nor Khartoum colloquial Arabic is adequate for communication.
This book utilizes advances in human communication theory, focusing on the intended meaning and received meaning in their application to effective, relevant Bible translation.
This provides a practical and easy-to-understand introduction to acoustic speech analysis. It explains commonly used methods for displaying aspects of a speech wave. It illustrates how the results of acoustic analysis can be interpreted and used.
A revision and expansion of A Manual for Articulatory Phonetics, including materials from courses as taught in the training schools of SIL International and much information from sources outside of SIL.
Intended for use in an upper division introductory course in phonology, preparing the student to further study aspects of current theory.
A laboratory manual for introductory grammar courses with 298 sets of problems taken from languages spoken all over the world.
This book gives step-by-step guidance in analyzing different types of Psalms, with accompanying exercises.