SIL International is a faith-based nonprofit organisation committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development. SIL does this primarily through research, translation, training and materials development. SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities and their partners as they discover how language development addresses the challenging areas of their daily lives—social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual.
If you are in a country where SIL works contact your local SIL office. Click here for contact information.
If you live in a country outside the Pacific and are interested in working here you can contact our partner organisation in your region. For more information see http://www.wycliffe.net/
4. What is the basis of SIL’s presence in Pacific countries?
In most cases, SIL has formal agreements with a department of the government, such as education, social services or, in a few cases, religion. It also maintains reporting relationships to various national universities, and national organisations.
5. Where did the organisation's name come from?
In 1934 William Cameron Townsend began linguistics and anthropology courses for students interested in fieldwork. They were held in the summer at a small community in Arkansas, USA. Because of this seasonal schedule, Townsend labelled the training the Summer Institute of Linguistics. The organisation became known by the initials SIL and recently SIL International has been adopted as the trading name. Sometimes SIL entities adopt local names that are meaningful in their context.
6. Where is the international office of SIL?
The SIL International office is located in Dallas, Texas.