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Linguistic Fieldwork

Through its fieldwork, SIL seeks to help document the undocumented languages of the world.

fieldwork2.jpg (26 Kbytes)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.

Publications from fieldwork

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.

Africa

Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Chad
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ethiopia

Ghana
Kenya
Liberia
Mali
Nigeria
Senegal
Sudan
Togo

Americas

Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Mexico
Panama
Peru
Suriname
United States
Venezuela
 

Asia

Cambodia
China
India
Indonesia
Laos
Malaysia
Myanmar
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam

Pacific

Australia
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Vanuatu