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Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)
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The organization previously known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics (now SIL International) was founded in 1934 by the American William C. Townsend as a series of annual language training programs for missionaries, with an emphasis on Bible translation. SIL grew substantially, and the organization eventually spread to Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The main activity today is systematic linguistic work with unwritten languages: linguistic analysis, publishing educational…

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Sørensen, Jørgen Skov, “Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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