March 26, 2011

Google searchable in Cherokee

Google adds Cherokee syllabaryGoogle has added the Cherokee syllabary to its repertoire of searchable languages. Just like the many other languages Google supports, anyone who can read and write Cherokee can look up virtually anything in the World Wide Web.

Cherokee Nation translators worked side by side with Google employees to work through all the challenges of adding a new and very different language to their services. The 85-character syllabary, created by Sequoyah in the early 1800s, quickly made the majority of Cherokees literate and was adapted into the first Native American newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix.

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