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.
7,097 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Translation in SIL focuses on:
SIL is currently involved in various aspects of translation work in partnership with speakers of more than 1,000 languages around the world. The diverse ethnolinguistic contexts in which SIL works require a scholarly approach to translation based on current translation theory. Wherever possible, SIL seeks to work with national and international translation organizations in cooperative efforts to provide the necessary training, and technical and consultant services needed in each situation.