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SIL International

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SIL International is a non-profit, faith-based, scientific organization with the main purpose to study, develop and document lesser-known languages for the purpose of expanding linguistic knowledge, promoting world literacy and aiding minority language development. It provides resources in language research through

SIL International, originally the Summer Institute of Linguistics, started as a small summer training session in Arkansas in 1934 to familiarize missionaries of what later became Wycliffe Bible Translators with basic linguistic, anthropological and translation principles.

SIL holds formal consultative status with UNESCO and United Nations. SIL also holds non-government ogranization status in many countries.

The international headquarters of SIL are at

7500 West Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, Texas, 75236 USA

SIL code

Some common SIL codes are listed below.

The entire list can be dowloaded from

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Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45