Pacific

Linguistics

In partnership with local communities, SIL field linguists serve communities through researching and documenting local languages. Language data is collected and analysed to provide a foundation for effective language development work. The tangible result of this cooperative research is the production of technical articles, orthographies, dictionaries, practical grammars, and written literature, both local-authored and translated.

Archiving and publishing of language data are done in many ways and places around the world in coordination with local institutions, researchers, and speakers of the language. As part of this effort, we are preparing an increasing amount of language data to be accessible electronically.

Be sure to explore our resources page to find hundreds of linguistic papers related to languages of the Pacific.