Quinault

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A language of United States

Population

6, all users. L1 users: No known L1 speakers (2016), but emerging L2 speakers. The last speaker, Oliver Mason, died in 1996 (1996 J. Beers). L2 users: 6 (2016 C. Terry-otewaste). Ethnic population: 1,500 (2016 C. Terry-itewaste).

Location

Washington: Quinault Reservation, centered in Taholah Community on Olympic Peninsula west coast.

Language Status

9 (Reawakening). Language of registered tribe: Hoh Indian Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation.

Dialects

Lower Chehalis.

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development
Language program continues at the Taholah Elementary School. Four Quinault language teachers are tribally and state certified. Revitalization efforts underway. Language program continues at a local elementary school. Four Quinault language teachers are tribally and state certified. Quinault Language activities also occur during the summer (2016 C. Terry-itewaste).
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