Language device finds its way to Indian Country

An electronic device originally designed for the military has become a new tool in the effort to preserve Native languages.

The Phraselator is a hand-held computer. It can replay words, phrases or entire passages in another language.

Don Thornton, a Choctaw from Oklahoma, has been taking the device on the road. His company, Thornton Media (, is working with more than 40 tribes. The Phraselator costs $3,300.

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