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.
Every year CIPL prepares and publishes a linguistic bibliography which aims at giving a complete and reliable survey of all linguistic publications, irrespective of the country of their appearance or the language in which they are written.
In co-operation with UNESCO, CIPL sponsors special linguistic projects such as projects in the field of Endangered Languages.