What is The International Linguistics (ILC) Center?

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SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life. 

As of 2020, we are involved in approximately 1,350 active language projects in 104 countries. These projects impact more than 1.1 billion people within 1,600 local communities. SIL’s work brings together more than 4,300 staff from 89 countries who work alongside thousands more local  partners and community volunteers worldwide. Our services are available without regard to religious belief, political ideology, gender, race or ethnic background.

The International Linguistic Center (ILC) is an international non-profit organization whose aim is to provide “a multisensory approach to finding solutions to the most pressing global problem”. ICL encourages its member authors to accept certain standards.

The standards they accept are called the Language Agreements (LA), or the Language Control Agreements (LCA) between the members. The LCA stipulates what kinds of translation should be provided, in particular a “language agreement” which specifies who owns the interpretations of an ancient text, and guarantees that these interpretations are not used in commercial media.

The LCA helps members support their project financially by providing for one costs of materials, a labor arbitrage fee, and maintaining a registry of legal agreements that facilitate translation agreements.

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