Through its fieldwork, SIL seeks to help document the undocumented languages of the world.
SIL's field linguists work in partnership with native speakers. Together they engage in the collection, analysis, and organization of language data. A particular focus is to help document the lesser-known languages of the world, including endangered languages. SIL endeavours to share both the data and the results of analysis in order to contribute to the overall knowledge of language.
We strive to work within the framework of our Linguistic Creed.
Examples of our research can be found in the resources listed below.
The work of SIL has resulted in over 11,000 technical publications, all of which are listed in the SIL Bibliography. Most of these are a reflection of our linguistic fieldwork. The links below are queries into the bibliography which generate lists of publications that report research of languages in various countries of the world.