Solomon Islands enjoys a rich diversity of language and culture. Recognising the significance of the local language, early missionaries in these islands developed alphabets and published Bible portions, hymnals and liturgies in key languages throughout the country.
Today the work of language development and literacy continues under the leadership of the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA). In 1978 SIL was invited by SICA to assist local language development projects and the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG) was formed.
Of the 609,883 (July 2014 est.) Solomon Islanders, 94% are Melanesian, 4% are Polynesian, 1.5% Micronesian. The number of individual languages listed for Solomon Islands is 75. Of those, 71 are living languages and 4 have no known speakers.