SIL International develops and supports a wide range of language technology and software to assist with language development activities: linguistic and cultural research, literacy and mother-tongue education, dictionary development, community and computer-assisted translation, and vernacular media production.
One part of SIL Language Technology – the Writing Systems Technology team – is exclusively dedicated to meeting complex writing system needs so language communities can use their preferred writing system on computers, mobile devices and the web. The team does research, provides help and develops script-specific solutions, including fonts and keyboards.
Key products such as the FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) support language documentation and analysis. Manage recordings of language data with SayMore. Build a dictionary easily with WeSay. Document scripts and writing systems with ScriptSource.
Language Technology developers are actively engaged in developing data standards for language data. In collaboration with others in the industry, progress is being made on the following standards:
LIFT — LIFT (Lexicon Interchange FormaT) is an XML format for lexical information (dictionaries). LIFT allows movement of data between programs such as WeSay, FLEx and Lexique Pro.
Unicode — an industry-wide character set encoding standard designed to support the worldwide interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of the diverse languages and technical disciplines of the modern world. Closely related to ISO/IEC 10646.
ISO 639-3 — the International Organization for Standardization’s registry of the languages of the world. It is comprised of living languages taken from SIL’s Ethnologue, as well as extinct, ancient, reconstructed, and artificial languages. The current registry includes over 7000 languages, each identified by a unique three-letter code.
Version 1.3.1 of PAWS available for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Version 1.3.1 of PAWS is now available for download. This has fixes to the output files where automatically generated glosses are now marked as glosses instead of being plain text.… read more
Release Date: March 23, 2023 Bugs fixed in version 9.1.19 LT-20157 Allow spaces in the Language Depot password. Requires FLExBridge 4.0.0 (not included in the FieldWorks patch). LT-21214 Hermit Crab u… read more
SayMore 3.5 supports additional media formats
SayMore 3.5 was just released! This new version adds support for .m4a files and several other previously unsupported media formats.… read more