The purpose of SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is to work with language communities worldwide to facilitate language-based development through research, translation, and literacy. SIL International is a network which works with language communities worldwide and is dedicated to facilitating language-based development through research, translation and literacy. It specializes in languages spoken by the world’s lesser-known linguistic groups.
SIL works with governments, non-governmental organizations and indigenous organizations. It operates mainly on contributions from organizations interested in language development. Its main contributor is Wycliffe International, which is a faith-based organization. SIL is also active in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, community development and ethnomusicology. It conducts activities in the fields of omputing and language learning, with special emphasis on languages for which there are few or no written or recorded resources. Another major activity is the SIL Literacy Fund, which provides funding for mother tongue literacy programmes. The Ken Pike Endowment Fund provides funds for scholarships and other activities designed to benefit language communities. Fields of activities : Anthropology (Ethnology, to develop cultural awareness, Community Development , Ethnomusicology), Computing, Language Learning (developing the ability to communicate in a second language, with special emphasis on languages for which there are few or no written or recorded resources) , Linguistics, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Translation Training for applied linguistic fieldwork at 13 institutions (in North America, Europe and South Pacific). Topics for courses include phonetics, phonology, grammar, language learning, linguistic field methods, cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, literacy, translation, and language programme planning SIL Literacy Fund, providing funds for mother tongue literacy programmes Ken Pike Endowment Fund, providing funds for scholarships and other activities designed to benefit language communities speaking endangered languages. Oragnizations of meetings : Panel discussion on Indigenous Women's Literacy Issues: Successes and Challenges, May 2004, New York, USA.