Potawatomi



Laura Buszard-Welcher

University of California, Berkeley

1992

The Potawatomi lexicon combines the work of Dr. John Nichols, an Algonquianist who worked on the Potawatomi language in the 1970s, and data elicited from Potawatomi speakers by Dr. Welcher.



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Dr. Welcher received the initial data in the form of a printout of the database of Dr. John Nichols, an Algonquianist who worked on the Potawatomi language in the 1970s. She scanned the printout and ran an OCR application to convert the images into characters. The file was then manually formatted into tab-delimited text. Using Filemaker Pro, she created a flat file data structure to house the imported data and then used this program to edit and expand the lexicon while working with Potawatomi speakers. In the fall of 2003, several years after developing a Filemaker Pro database for her Potawatomi data, Dr. Laura Welcher began working with E-MELD to use her data to showcase Potawatomi as one of the ten languages in the E-MELD School of Best Practices. A sample set of data was exported from Filemaker Pro as a tab-delimited file and was uploaded to the FIELD database.



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