10 (Watanabe and Sasama 2007), decreasing. Population evenly divided between the northern and southern dialects. Ethnic population: 18,000 (Golla 2007).
Washington, Puget Sound area.
8b (Nearly extinct).
Northern Lushootseed, Southern Lushootseed. Northern Lushootseed includes subdialect Swinomish.
Numerous programs beginning to teach Lushootseed, in which children, parents, and elders take part; also being introduced as a language available at local colleges. Also use English [eng].