Squamish Language (squ)

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The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language (also called Squamish; in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim, meaning "Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language"), is of the Coast Salish language family spoken by Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) people of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, centred on their reserve communities in the town of Squamish and the cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. An archaic historical rendering of "Sḵwx̱wú7mesh" is "Sko-ko-mish" but this should not be confused with the name of the Skokomish people of Washington state.

Anthropologists and linguists who have worked on the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language go back to the 1880s. The first collection of words was done by a German anthropologists Franz Boas. The following decade another anthropologist, Charles Hill-Tout, also collected some Sḵwx̱wú7mesh words, sentences, and stories. In the 1930s another anthropologist, Homer Barnett, worked with Jimmy Frank. He collected information about traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture. Some Sḵwx̱wú7mesh words were a part of this. Then in the 1950s a Dutch linguist, Aert J. Kuipers, worked on the first comprehensive grammar of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language. In 1968 the BC Language Project undertook more documentation of the..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Squamish Language Speakers


Rosetta Document Collection

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Main Country: Canada
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Regions: Americas

ISO 639-3 Code: squ

Classification Taxonomy

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  Salishan Group

    Central Salish Group

      Squamish Group

        Squamish Language