Lushootseed

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A language of United States

Population

10 (Watanabe and Sasama 2007), decreasing. Population evenly divided between the northern and southern dialects. Ethnic population: 18,000 (Golla 2007). L2 users: Several L2 speakers, some quite fluent.

Location

Washington, Puget Sound area.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Northern Lushootseed, Southern Lushootseed. Northern Lushootseed includes subdialect Swinomish.

Language Use

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].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].