Shuswap language


Shuswap language

language
name=Shuswap
nativename=IPA|ʃəxwəpməxtʃín
familycolor=Salishan
states=Canada
region=Southern Interior of British Columbia
speakers=1,650 [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=89189&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=705&Temporal=2006&Theme=70&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF= Statistics Canada: 2006 Census] ]

fam1=Salishan
fam2=Interior Salish
fam3=Northern
iso3=shs

The Shuswap language, known to its speakers as Secwepemctsín IPA| [ʃəxwəpməxtʃín] , is the traditional language of the Shuswap people (Secwépmec, IPA| [ʃəˈxwεpməx] or IPA| [səˈxwεpməx] ) of British Columbia. An endangered language, Shuswap is spoken mainly in the southern interior of British Columbia between the Fraser River and the Rocky Mountains. There are however over 1600 remaining speakers in Canada according to the most recent census in 2006.

Shuswap is the northernmost of the Interior Salish languages, which are spoken in Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Two eastern and five western dialects of Shuswap are recognized: Kinbasket and Shuswap Lake (eastern); Canim Lake, Chu Chua, Deadman's Creek-Kamloops, Fraser River, and Pavilion-Bonaparte (western). The other northern Interior Salish languages are St'at'imcets and Nlaka'pamux.

Phonology

Vowels

Genetic Affiliation

Shuswap is a member of the Interior subgroup of the Salishan language family.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=shs Ethnologue entry]
* [http://www.ydli.org/langs/shuswap.htm First Nations Languages of British Columbia entry]
* [http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/abed/images/map2.jpgMap of Northwest Coast First Nations]
* [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-l10n-shs Ubuntu Secwepemc Localization Team]
* [http://www.shuswapnation.org/index.html Shuswap Nation Tribal Council]
* [http://www.secwepemc.org/ Secwepemc Cultural Education Society]
* [http://www.ydli.org/biblios/shusbib.htm/ Bibliography of Materials on the Shuswap Language]
* [http://www.languagegeek.com/salishan/secwepemctsin.html Languagegeek.com: Secwepemctsín]

Bibliography

Kuipers, Aert H. (1974). The Shuswap Language. The Hague: Mouton.


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