Gmail setting works to keep Cherokee alive

5:02 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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(KJRH) - Keeping a historic language alive could come down to new technology.


Google recently launched a setting in Gmail that allows users to communicate in Cherokee.


11-year-old Jolie Morgan, a language immersion student, was one of the first people to use it.


"I sent my first email to my mom. I think I asked her what time it was," she said.


Morgan can now communicate with her elders like never before.


"Now I can hold a conversation with my grandma and some of my aunts and uncles," she said.   


Many Cherokees believe communicating with new technology like this will keep the language alive for younger generations.

KJRH

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