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  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 03:21 PM

Language specialists racing to save Cherokee language

Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation language specialists are working with the universities of Kansas and Oklahoma to document unique phonological features of the Cherokee language – its tonal qualities and vowel sounds. For two decades, the CN has sought expertise to revitalize its language. Surveys count nearly 300,000 CN citizens, but few under age 40 have conversational use of the language.

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