Quileute

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Quillayute
Population

No known L1 speakers. The last speaker died in 1999 (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 500 (Golla 2007).

Location

Washington: Lower Hoh River and Quileute reservations on Pacific side of Olympic Peninsula.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Hoh Indian Tribe, Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, Quinault Indian Nation.

Dialects

Quileute, Hoh.

Typology

VSO; 2 genders in third person (masculine, feminine); 2 tenses (present/past, future); aspect; 23 consonants (no nasals); stress is mostly on the penultimate syllable; pitch accent system with 4 melodic contours.

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng].

Language Development

Dictionary. Texts. Language education program was begun in the 1970s (Golla 2007). In 2007, the Quileute tribal council set up a two-year Quileute Revitalization Project.

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