Squamish

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Skwxwu’mesh snichim
Population

7 (FPCC 2014). 34 semi-speakers (FPCC 2014). L2 users: 0 (2000). Ethnic population: 4,080 (FPCC 2014).

Location

British Columbia province: north of Vancouver.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Language of recognized indigenous peoples: Squamish.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng]. Ceremonial contexts, community gatherings. Older adults, 60 and older. All also use English [eng].

Language Development
Many literates. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Band-sponsored language program has offered K-12 classes in public schools for 25 years (Golla 2007).
Writing

Latin script [Latn], limited usage.

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