Lushootseed

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Northern Lushootseed, Northern Puget Sound Salish
Population

10 (Watanabe and Sasama 2007), decreasing. Population evenly divided between the northern and southern dialects. Ethnic population: 18,000 (Golla 2007).

Location

Washington: Puget Sound area.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Sauk-Suiattle.

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. Texts.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Lushootseed encompasses Southern Lushootseed [slh], Skagit [ska] and Snohomish [sno]. Lushootseed is the name that is used by most scholars for the group as a whole.

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