Suriname is situated on the northeast coast of South America, between
Guyana and French Guiana, and is home to about 15 distinct languages.
Since it was a colony of The Netherlands until 1975, the official
language of Suriname is Dutch. Other languages spoken in Suriname
include several Amerindian languages, several Creole languages, Suriname
Javanese and Sarnami Hindustani. SIL researchers first came to Suriname
in 1968 and worked for more than 30 years doing language and anthropological
research, literacy, as well as producing dictionaries, reading books,
grammar descriptions, and doing translation. Since 2001, SIL no longer
has an official presence in the country. This site makes their research
available to anyone who is interested in learning more about these
Materials on this site include interactive html dictionaries which
allow you to search for words online, vernacular stories and a pdf
(143Kb) of all of the works SIL published in Suriname.