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  • a North American Indian language, member of the Iroquoian family, spoken by the Cherokee people originally inhabiting Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

  • spoken by an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Cherokee in north-eastern Oklahoma and some 1000 near the Qualla Reservation in North Carolina.

  • the second most widely used Native American language.

  • one of the few Native American languages that is spreading.

  • Cherokee was one of the first American Indian languages to have a system of writing devised for ita syllabary, so called because each of the graphic symbols represents a syllable.

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