Comité International Permanent des Linguistes/ Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose aim is to promote the knowledge of linguistics throughout the world, to encourage the development of linguistic science and to stimulate co-operation among linguists.

CIPL was founded in 1928 during the first International Congress of Linguists (ICL), which took place in The Hague. Each five years CIPL organises ICL in close collaboration with national committees of linguistic research.

Since 1949 CIPL has been an affiliated member of UNESCO’s International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies.

Every year CIPL prepares and publishes a linguistic bibliography which aims at giving a complete and reliable survey of publications in linguistics. Today, the print volumes and online database of Linguistic Bibliography are published with Brill (Leiden, the Netherlands). The Linguistic Bibliography Online currently contains over 375,000 bibliographical references and is updated monthly.

CIPL President and Secretary-General 


Prof. David Bradley


Prof. Ik-Hwan Lee


Prof. Frieda Steurs

Associate Secretary-General

Prof. Camiel Hamans

Honorary Secretary-General

Prof. Piet van Sterkenburg

Special delegate for the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

Prof. Reinier Salverda

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