North Straits Salish language
|North Straits Salish|
|SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Siʔneməš / Lekwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke|
|Region||Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; Washington, United States|
|105 (2016 census)|
|ELP||Northern Straits Salish|
Coast Salish linguistic distribution in the early to mid 1800s. The Northern Straits area is in the center in light red ■.
North Straits Salish is a Salish language which includes the dialects of
- Lummi (also known as W̱lemi,Ćosen, Xwlemiʼchosen, xʷləmiʔčósən) (†)
- Saanich (also known as Senćoten, sənčáθən, sénəčqən)
- Samish (also known as Si, Námeś, Siʔneməš) (†)
- Semiahmoo (Semyome) (also known as Tah-tu-lo) (†)
- T'sou-ke or Sooke (also known as Z̓owc, Tʼsou-ke, c̓awk) (†)
- Songhees (also known as Leqeṉi, Neṉ, Lək̓ʷəŋín̓əŋ or Lekwungen or Songish), three speakers (2011)
Although they are mutually intelligible, each dialect is traditionally referred to as if it were a separate language, and there is no native term to encompass them all.
See Saanich dialect for the phonology.
- Laurence C. Thompson; M. Terry Thompson; Barbara S. Efrat (1974). "Some Phonological Developments in Straits Salish". International Journal of American Linguistics. 40 (3): 182–196. doi:10.1086/465311. S2CID 144820134.
- Timothy Montler (1999). "Language and dialect variation in Straits Salishan". Anthropological Linguistics. 41 (4): 462–502.
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