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SIL has developed more than 60 pieces of software to support the work of its fieldworkers; most available to the public for free download. This on-line catalog contains product descriptions, download or purchasing instructions, and technical support information, including the latest SIL software Service Bulletins.

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Data Management
Text Analysis


field notes


Other Windows software
Other Macintosh software


Other Supported software

Shoebox (The Linguist’s Shoebox) (Supported)

Current version: 5, released September 2000

Shoebox is a computer program that helps field linguists and anthropologists integrate various kinds of text data: lexical, cultural, grammatical, etc. It has flexible options for sorting, selecting, and displaying data. It is especially useful for helping researchers build a dictionary as they use it to analyze and interlinearize text.

The Field Linguist’s Toolbox is built on Shoebox 5 and is upward compatible with Shoebox. It adds Unicode support, automatic keyboard switching with Keyman 5 and 6, and verification of interlinear text. If you are currently using Shoebox, you can upgrade to Toolbox without any change to your data or settings files.

More about Shoebox (The Linguist’s Shoebox)

Getting Shoebox (The Linguist’s Shoebox)

Technical Support

Shoebox (The Linguist’s Shoebox) support