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SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a U.S.-based, worldwide, Christian non-profit organization, whose main purpose is to study, develop and document languages, especially those that are lesser-known, in order to expand linguistic knowledge, promote literacy, translate the Christian Bible into local languages, and aid minority language development. [1]

111 relations: Alabama, Anthropology, Arabic alphabet, Australia, Bamenda, BBC, Bible, Biola University, Brazil, Burmese alphabet, Cambridge University Press, Cameroon, Canada, Capitalism, Central Intelligence Agency, Chad, Charis SIL, Charles Darwin University, Christian, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Colombia, Computational lexicology, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, Coptic alphabet, Cuiabá, Dakar, Dallas, Dallas Theological Seminary, Devanagari, Doulos SIL, Ecuador, Emic and etic, Endangered language, Ethiopian Semitic languages, Ethnocide, Ethnologue, Forum of Bible Agencies International, Free software, Gentium, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Graphite (SIL), Hebrew alphabet, Hixkaryana language, Houghton College, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano (Mexico), Instituto Lingüístico de Verano (Peru), International Phonetic Alphabet, ISO 639-3, JAARS, Jos, ..., Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, Kaqchikel people, Kenneth Lee Pike, Kenya, Khmer alphabet, Language, Language death, Language preservation, Lázaro Cárdenas, Lima, Linguistic Society of America, Linguistics, Literacy, Lomé, Maroua, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Minority language, Missionary, Moody Bible Institute, N'Djamena, Nairobi, New Tai Lue alphabet, Nigeria, Non-governmental organization, Norman, Oklahoma, Numbered musical notation, Oxford University Press, Panama, Papua New Guinea, PDF, Peru, Pirahã language, Protestantism, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Registration authority, Secretariat of Public Education (Mexico), Senegal, SIL Open Font License, Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Arkansas, Suriname, Tagmeme, Tai Viet, Texas, The New York Times, Thiès, Times New Roman, Tlalpan, Togo, Trinity Western University, Ukarumpa, UNESCO, United Nations, United States, University of North Dakota, University of Oklahoma, William Cameron Townsend, Wycliffe Global Alliance, Yaoundé, Yi script, Ziguinchor. Expand index (61 more) »


Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States.

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Anthropology is the study of humans and human behaviour and societies in the past and present.

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Arabic alphabet

The Arabic alphabet (الأَبْجَدِيَّة العَرَبِيَّة, or الحُرُوف العَرَبِيَّة) or Arabic abjad is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing Arabic.

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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

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Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town, is a city in northwestern Cameroon and capital of the Northwest Region.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster.

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The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans.

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, Christian university and is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California.

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Brazil (Brasil), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil), is the largest country in both South America and Latin America.

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Burmese alphabet

The Burmese alphabet (MLCTS) is an abugida used for writing Burmese.

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Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge.

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Canada is a country located in the northern part of North America.

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Capitalism is an economic system based upon private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit.

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Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT).

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Chad (تشاد; Tchad), officially the Republic of Chad ("Republic of the Chad"), is a landlocked country in Central Africa.

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Charis SIL

Charis SIL is a transitional serif typeface developed by SIL International based on Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed for laser printers.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with about 22,083 students as of 2011.

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A Christian is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States in the Reformed tradition with close ties to the Restoration Movement.

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Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America.

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Computational lexicology

Computational lexicology is a branch of computational linguistics, which is concerned with the use of computers in the study of lexicon.

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Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador) or more commonly, CONAIE, is Ecuador's largest indigenous organization.

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Coptic alphabet

The Coptic alphabet is the script used for writing the Coptic language.

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Cuiabá is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

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Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal.

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Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas.

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Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is an evangelical theological seminary located in Dallas, Texas.

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Devanagari (देवनागरी,, a compound of "''deva''" देव and "''nāgarī''" नागरी; Hindi pronunciation), also called Nagari (Nāgarī, नागरी),Kathleen Kuiper (2010), The Culture of India, New York: The Rosen Publishing Group,, page 83 is an abugida (alphasyllabary) used in India and Nepal.

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Doulos SIL

Doulos SIL is a serif typeface developed by SIL International, very similar to Times or Times New Roman.

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Ecuador (Ikwadur), officially the Republic of Ecuador (República del Ecuador, which literally translates as "Republic of the Equator"; Ikwadur Ripuwlika), is a representative democratic republic in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

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Emic and etic

In anthropology, folkloristics, and the social and behavioral sciences, emic and etic refer to two kinds of field research done and viewpoints obtained: emic, from within the social group (from the perspective of the subject) and etic, from outside (from the perspective of the observer).

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Endangered language

An endangered language, or moribund language, is a language that is at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language.

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Ethiopian Semitic languages

Ethiopian Semitic (also known as Ethiosemitic or Ethiopic, or in the past by a few linguists as Abyssinian due to geographyIgor Mikhailovich Diakonov: Nauka, Central Department of Oriental Literature, (1965) pp 12) is a language group which forms the Western branch of the South Semitic languages.

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Ethnocide refers to extermination of national culture as a genocide component.

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Ethnologue: Languages of the World is an annual reference publication in print and online that provides statistics and other information on the living languages of the world.

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Forum of Bible Agencies International

The Forum of Bible Agencies International is an alliance of more than 25 international Bible Agencies and other missions organizations which provides access to the Bible and encourages its use worldwide.

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Free software

Free software or libre software is computer software distributed under terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions.

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Gentium (Latin for "of the nations") is a Unicode serif typeface designed by Victor Gaultney.

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Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) is an upper level undergraduate school, and also graduate school located in the southwest corner of Dallas, Texas.

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Graphite (SIL)

Graphite is a programmable Unicode-compliant smart-font technology and rendering system developed by SIL International as free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License and the Common Public License.

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Hebrew alphabet

The Hebrew alphabet (אָלֶף־בֵּית עִבְרִי), known variously by scholars as the Jewish script, square script and block script, is an abjad script used in the writing of the Hebrew language, also adapted as an alphabet script in the writing of other Jewish languages, most notably in Yiddish (lit. "Jewish" for Judeo-German), Djudío (lit. "Jewish" for Judeo-Spanish), and Judeo-Arabic.

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Hixkaryana language

Hixkaryana is one of the Cariban languages, spoken by just over 500 people on the Nhamundá River, a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts college in Houghton, New York.

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Instituto Lingüístico de Verano (Mexico)

The Instituto Lingüístico de Verano A.C. (abbreviated ILV, in Summer Institute of Linguistics (in Mexico)) is a non-profit organization incorporated in Mexico with the legal status of a civil association (Asociación Civil).

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Instituto Lingüístico de Verano (Peru)

The Instituto Lingüístico de Verano (abbreviated ILV, in Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a non-profit organization based in Peru that serves as the branch affiliated with SIL International.

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International Phonetic Alphabet

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet.

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ISO 639-3

ISO 639-3:2007, Codes for the representation of names of languages – Part 3: Alpha-3 code for comprehensive coverage of languages, is an international standard for language codes in the ISO 639 series.

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JAARS is a non-profit organization that helps organizations around the world get practical, day-to-day support for Bible translation.

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Jos is a city in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.

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Kangaroo Ground, Victoria

Kangaroo Ground is a town in Victoria, Australia, 26 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District.

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Kaqchikel people

The Kaqchikel (also called Kachiquel) are one of the indigenous Maya peoples of the midwestern highlands in Guatemala.

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Kenneth Lee Pike

Kenneth Lee Pike (June 9, 1912 – December 31, 2000) was an American linguist and anthropologist.

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Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with its capital and largest city in Nairobi.

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Khmer alphabet

The Khmer alphabet or Khmer script (អក្សរខ្មែរ) Huffman, Franklin.

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Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so; and a language is any specific example of such a system.

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Language death

In linguistics, language death occurs when a language loses its last native speaker.

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Language preservation

Language preservation is the effort to prevent languages from becoming unknown.

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Lázaro Cárdenas

Lázaro Cárdenas del Río (May 21, 1895 – October 19, 1970) was a general in the Constitutionalist Army during the Mexican Revolution and a statesman who served as President of Mexico between 1934 and 1940.

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Lima (Quechua:, Aymara) is the capital and the largest city of Peru.

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Linguistic Society of America

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is a learned society for the field of linguistics.

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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and involves an analysis of language form, language meaning, and language in context.

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Literacy is traditionally meant as the ability to read and write.

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Lomé, with a population of 837,437 (metro population 1,570,283), is the capital and largest city of Togo.

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Maroua is the capital of the Far North Region of Cameroon, stretching along the banks of the Ferngo and Kaliao Rivers, "in the foothills of the Mandara Mountains." The city had 201,371 inhabitants at the 2005 Census, and is a centre of cotton industry.

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Mérida, Yucatán

Mérida is the capital of Yucatan, a state in Mexico.

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Mexico (México; Mēxihco), officially called the United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) is a federal republic in the southern portion of North America.

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Minority language

A minority language is a language spoken by a minority of the population of a territory.

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A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to proselytize and/or perform ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development.

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is a Christian institution of higher education that was founded by evangelist and businessman Dwight Lyman Moody in 1886.

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N’Djamena (N'Djaména; انجمينا Injamīnā) is the capital and largest city of Chad.

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Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya.

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New Tai Lue alphabet

New Tai Lue script, also known as Xishuangbanna Dai and Simplified Tai Lue, is an alphabet used to write the Tai Lü language.

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Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north.

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Non-governmental organization

Non-governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or nongovernment organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs, are usually non-profit and sometimes international organizations independent of governments and international governmental organizations (though often funded by governments) that are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to effect changes according to their objectives.

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Norman, Oklahoma

Norman is a city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma south of downtown Oklahoma City in its metropolitan area.

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Numbered musical notation

The numbered musical notation, is a musical notation system widely used in music publications in China (not to be confused with the integer notation).

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Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press.

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Panama (Panamá), officially the Republic of Panama (República de Panamá), is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG;,; Papua Niugini; Hiri Motu: Papua Niu Gini), officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia.

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The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

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Peru (Perú; Piruw Republika; Piruw Suyu), officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America.

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Pirahã language

Pirahã (also spelled Pirahá, Pirahán), or Múra-Pirahã, is the indigenous language of the isolated Pirahã of Amazonas, Brazil.

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Protestantism is the second largest form of Christianity with collectively more than 900 million adherents worldwide or nearly 40% of all Christians.

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Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.

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Registration authority

Registration authorities exist for many standards organizations, such as ANNA (Association of National Numbering Agencies for ISIN), the Object Management Group, W3C, IEEE and others.

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Secretariat of Public Education (Mexico)

The Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (in Spanish Secretaría de Educación Pública, SEP) is a federal government authority with Cabinet representation and responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of national educational policy and school standards in Mexico.

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Senegal (Sénégal), officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa.

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SIL Open Font License

The SIL Open Font License (or OFL in short) is a free and open source license designed for fonts by SIL International for use with many of their Unicode fonts, including Gentium Plus, Charis SIL, and Andika.

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Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Arkansas

Sulphur Springs is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States.

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Suriname (also spelled Surinam), officially known as the Republic of Suriname (Republiek Suriname), is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America.

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A tagmeme is the smallest functional element in the grammatical structure of a language.

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Tai Viet

Tai Viet is a Unicode block containing characters for writing the Tai languages Tai Dam, Tai Dón, and Thai Song.

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Texas (Texas or Tejas) is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

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Thiès is the third largest city in Senegal with a population officially estimated at 320,000 in 2005.

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Times New Roman

Times New Roman is a serif typeface designed for legibility in body text.

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Tlalpan is one of the 16 administrative boroughs (called “delegaciones” in Spanish) of the Federal District of Mexico City.

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Togo, officially the Togolese Republic (République Togolaise), is a sovereign state in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north.

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Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University (TWU) is a private Christian liberal arts university in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

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Ukarumpa is an international community that is the main centre for SIL, located in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO; Organisation des Nations unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.

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United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international cooperation and to create and maintain international order.

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota (also known as UND or North Dakota) is a public research university in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a coeducational public research university in Norman, Oklahoma.

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William Cameron Townsend

William Cameron Townsend (July 9, 1896 – April 23, 1982) was a prominent twentieth-century American Christian missionary-linguist who founded Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (now SIL International), both of which have long had as primary emphases the translation of the Bible into minority languages and the development of literacy and bilingual education programs in those languages.

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Wycliffe Global Alliance

Wycliffe Global Alliance is an alliance of organisations with the common objective of translating the Bible for every language group that needs it.

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Yaoundé (Jaunde) is the capital of Cameroon and, with a population of approximately 2.5 million, the second largest city in the country after the port city Douala.

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Yi script

The Yi script (Yi: ꆈꌠꁱꂷ nuosu bburma) is an umbrella term for two scripts used to write the Yi languages; Classical Yi (an ideogram script), and the later Yi Syllabary.

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Ziguinchor (also called Zinguinchor) is the capital of the Ziguinchor Region, and the chief town of the Casamance area of Senegal, lying at the mouth of the Casamance River.

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