March 05, 2008

Potawatomis use Phraselator

Technology helps tribe pass on native speechCecelia "Meeks" Jackson is helping revitalize an almost lost language.

Jackson, 85, is one of six people nationwide who fluently speak the Potawatomi language, Sydney Van Zile, director of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Language Center, said Tuesday.

Thanks to advanced technology, Jackson is sharing her knowledge with other members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation through the Phraselator Language Companion, a one-way translator.

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