Linguistics in SIL Senegal focuses on researching undocumented national languages, training field linguists, and providing resources to assist in linguistic data collection and analysis.
SIL Senegal's linguists do fieldwork in partnership with mother-tongue speakers. Together they engage in the collection, analysis, and organization of language data, with the aim of promoting the use of the language in various domains. The tangible result of this cooperative research is publication of technical articles, dictionaries, practical grammars, and written literature, both native-authored and translated.
SIL Senegal offers linguistics training at its offices in Dakar. The courses offered are both theoretical and applied, with an emphasis on application to fieldwork. SIL also supports fieldwork by producing linguistics resources like textbooks and reference materials, and making software and fonts available – all of which are designed to assist linguists in the field.