SIL International

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SIL International (originally the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is an Christian linguistic non-profit organization based in the United States (specifically, Dallas, Texas) which documents and studies the lesser-known languages of the world.

SIL International publishes the Ethnologue, a reference work which contains statistics for 6,912 languages, such as number of speakers and Bible availability.


SIL International started in 1934 as the Summer Institute of Linguistics, a small summer camp whose purpose was to train Missionaries for SIL's sister organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and to prepare Missionaries for taking the Words of Christ far afield, particularly where minority languages were spoken.

External links

Official Site