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Cherokee Electronic Dictionary


In a collaborative effort the Foundation has partnered with SIL International to developed a working prototype for the Cherokee Electronic Dictionary

Critical to the continuing revitalization of the Cherokee language is the need for the development of a “Cherokee Dictionary” of all Cherokee stems, affixes, words and phrases in an easy-to-access electronic computer database.

The CED also allows users who are not accustomed to seeing the stem form of word to also access the more common words, users with different ways of writing Cherokee can be served, it will be easily searchable for developing lesson plans, will have many different examples of words such as synonyms, anonyms, and most importantly an electronic dictionary can be easily maintained and updated.

Further the electronic database allows for the use of the Cherokee syllabary, different spellings of words, represent all (audio) dialects including the Eastern Band, and will be linguistically accurate which serve linguists and anyone interested in learning the Cherokee language.

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Linguistic Team

Dr.Brad Montgomery-Anderson-NSU Assistant Professor

Dr. Akira Yamamoto-KU Professor emeritus

Anna Sixkiller-Cherokee Nation manager translation team, Master Speaker, translator

Development Team

Greg Trihus, SIL International

Beth Bryson- SIL International

Andrew Sikora- Cherokee Media LTD

Kimberlie Gilliland-(CNF) Cherokee Nation Foundation.