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Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)

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Author(s): Sørensen, Jørgen Skov
[German Version] 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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Author(s): Maier, Bernhard | Hennigfeld, Jochem | Tietz, Christiane | Schroeter-Wittke, Harald | Sørensen, Jørgen Skov | Et al.
[German Version] I. Linguistics and Religious Studies – II. Philosophy – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Fundamental Theology – V. Ethics – VI. Practical Theology – VII. Missiology – VIII. Liturgics I. Linguistics and Religious Studies 1. Linguistics As studied by linguistics (Philology), language is an inventory of audible signs combined ¶ according to specific rules to facilitate interpersonal communication. There is a general distinction between language as a transindividual system of signs ( langue) and its actualization by an individual speaker ( parole). Within …