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SIL International Annual Reports for 1999

Imagine the world before the invention of written language. There were no shared ideas via the printed page—no newspapers, books of history and poetry, dictionairies or reference libraries. There were no handwritten letters, no desks strewn with papers and reports, and no recorded thought of great philosophers.

You don’t have to look very far to find that such a world still exists today. Over one and a half billion people, or one quarter of the world's population, speak languages unintelligible to the mainstream of society. No literature exists in most of these lesser-known languages. Many have never even been studied or written down.

SIL International serves the people of this world through the work of language research and development. However, it is often we who learn from and are enriched by the people we serve.

Read our 1999 Annual Report in any of these four languages

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