Descriptive Linguist

A descriptive linguist works to document the specific linguistic features of a given language.


  •   Using academic research as a means to open doors for the Gospel
  •   Preserving the language, culture and knowledge of minority people groups


  •   Academic linguistic research background and capabilities
  •   Clear written communication, especially regarding linguistic data
  •   Attention to detail and an analytical mind

Descriptive linguists study the linguistic structures of a language. These findings may be documented in journal articles or the Ethnologue to contribute to ongoing work with the language group. Descriptive linguists may also partner with governmental groups or other organizations to document or help preserve a minority language. The research can also be used to aid ongoing translation efforts among a language group.

Most of our teammates raise support on behalf of Pioneer Bible Translators for their ministry roles. Support raising is not about money — it’s about prayerfully inviting people everywhere to participate in what God is doing to fulfill His mission.

We provide training to help you:

  • Gain confidence in communicating the Biblical foundation for living on support, asking others to invest, and understanding “The God Ask.”
  • Learn best practices and gain confidence in sharing your presentation.
  • Rehearse with your peers and make real calls for appointments.
  • Experience the value of meeting face to face with people and asking for support.
  • Discover how to cultivate lasting relationships with your supporters.

We will work with you to develop a budget based on your ministry role, where you’re going, and your family’s personal needs. Our goal is for you to be adequately funded to maximize the fruitfulness of your ministry and your family.

Are you interested in this role?

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