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
In partnership with language communities, SIL facilitates the translation of materials such as books and booklets for educational programs, stories related to culture and folklore, health and community development resources and Scripture texts. Assistance in Bible translation is given in contexts where such activity is within the scope of SIL’s partnerships and where Scripture translation has been identified by the local people as a necessary resource for spiritual development. The translation goals for each language are decided in close interaction with the language communities and partner agencies.