SIL International

SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is an evangelical Christian non-profit organization whose main purpose is to study, develop and document languages, especially those that are lesser-known, in order to expand linguistic knowledge, promote literacy, translate the Christian Bible into local languages, and aid minority language development.

SIL International
Formation1934; 88 years ago (1934)
TypeScientific institute
PurposeResearch in linguistics, promotion of literacy, language preservation, Bible translation
HeadquartersDallas, Texas, United States
Key people
Websitewww.sil.org (in English)
Formerly called
Summer Institute of Linguistics

Based on its language documentation work, SIL publishes a database, Ethnologue, of its research into the world's languages, and develops and publishes software programs for language documentation, such as FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) and Lexique Pro.

Its main offices in the United States are located at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas.


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