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Lushootseed

Lushootseed
Native to Canada, United States
Region Southern British Columbia into northern Washington
Native speakers unknown (340 cited 1977–2010)
Language family
Salishan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
sno – Snohomish
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Lushootseed (also xʷəlšucid, dxʷləšúcid, Puget Salish, Puget Sound Salish, Skagit-Nisqually) is the language or dialect continuum of several Salish Native American groups of modern-day Washington state. Lushootseed is a member of Coast Salish, one of the two main divisions of the Salishan language group.

Lushootseed, like its neighbour Twana, is in the Southern Coast Salish subgroup of the Salishan family of languages. The language was spoken by many Puget Sound region peoples, including the Duwamish, Steilacoom, Suquamish, Squaxin Island Tribe, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, and Puyallup in the south and the Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Swinomish in the north.

Ethnologue quotes a source published in 1990 (and therefore presumably reflecting the situation in the late 1980s), according to which there were 60 fluent speakers of Lushootseed, evenly divided between the northern and southern dialects.[1] On the other hand, the Ethnologue's list of United States languages also lists, alongside Lushootseed's 60 speakers, 100 speakers for Skagit, 107 for Southern Puget Sound Salish, and 10 for Snohomish (a dialect on the boundary between the northern and southern varieties).[2] Some sources given for these figures, however, go back to the 1970s when the language was less critically endangered. Linguist Marianne Mithun has collected more recent data on the number of speakers of various Native American languages, and could document that there by the end of the 1990s were only a handful of elders left who spoke Lushootseed fluently. The language was extensively documented and studied by linguists with the aid of tribal elder Vi Hilbert, d. 2008, who was the last speaker with a full native command of Lushootseed.[3] There are efforts at reviving the language, and instructional materials have been published.

Language revitalization

As of 2013, the Tulalip Tribes' Lushootseed Language Department teaches classes in Lushootseed,[4][5] and its website offers a Lushootseed "phrase of the week" with audio.[6] As of 2013, an annual Lushootseed conference is held at Seattle University.[7] A course in Lushootseed language and literature has been offered at Evergreen State College.[8] Lushootseed has also been used as a part of environmental history courses at Pacific Lutheran University.[3] It has been spoken during the annual two week Tribal Canoe Journey across Puget Sound.[9]

Subdivisions

Lushootseed consists of two dialect groups which can be further divided into subdialects:

The division into Northern and Southern groups is based on vocabulary and stress patterns. The dialects form a cline.

Alphabet

According to work published by Vi Hilbert and other Lushootseed language specialists, Lushootseed uses a morphophonemic writing system meaning that it is a phonemic alphabet with slight changes occurring periodically, such as when an affix is introduced. The chart below is based on the Lushootseed Dictionary. Typographic variations such as p' and p̓ do not indicate phonemic distinctions.

Letter Letter Name IPA Notes
ʔ Glottal stop /ʁˀ/
a /ɑ/
b /b/
Glottalized b /ɓ/ Rare sound, does not begin words
c /t͡s/
Glottalized c /t͡sˀ/
č c-wedge /c͡ç/
čʼ Glottalized c-wedge /t͡sʼ/
d /d/
dᶻ d-raised-z /d͡z/
ə Schwa /ə~əʲ/
g /ɡ/
g-raised-w /ɡʷ/
h /hʼ/
i /ɪ~i/
ǰ j-wedge /ɟ͡ʝ/
k /k/
Glottalized k /kʼ/
k-raised-w /kʷ/
kʼʷ Glottalized k-raised-w /kʼʷ/
l /l/
Strictured l /lʼ/
ɫ Barred-l /ɬ/
ƛʼ Glottalized barred-lambda /t͜ɬʼ/ Alveolar lateral ejective affricate
m /m/
Strictured m /m̥ ̰ / Laryngealized bilabial nasal
n /n/
Strictured n /n̥ ̰/ Laryngealized alveolar nasal
p /p/
Glottalized p /pʼ/
q /q/
Glottalized q /qʼ/
q-raised-w /qʷ/
qʼʷ Glottalized q-raised-w /qʼʷ/
s /s/
š s-wedge /ç~ɕ/
t /t/
Glottalized t /tʼ/
u /ʉ/
w /w~ʋ/
Strictured w /w ̰/ Laryngealized high back rounded glide
x-w /xʷ/
x-wedge /χ/
x̌ʷ Rounded x-wedge /χʷ/
y /j/
Strictured y /j ̰/

Some vocabulary

Southern Lushootseed salmonoid vocabulary

sčədadxʷ 
a word that covers all Pacific salmon and some species of trout.
sac̓əb 
Chinook or King
cʼuwad 
sockeye salmon
skʷǝxʷic 
coho salmon
ƛ̕xʷayʼ 
chum salmon
hədu 
the pink salmon
skʷawǝľ 
steelhead
pədkʷəxʷic 
coho season
sc̓ayʼayʼ 
gills
ɫičaʔa 
nets
ɫičaʔalikʷ 
net fishing
ʔalil tiʔiɫ ƛ̕usq̓íl 
spawning season
skʷǝɫt 
tailfin
t̓altəd 
fillet knife
sqʼʷəlus 
kippered dried salmon
səlusqid 
fish heads
qəlx̌ 
dried salmon eggs
ƛ̕ǝbƛ̕əbqʷ 
fresh eggs
sɫuʔb 
dried chum
sxʷudᶻəʔdaliɫəd 
fish with a large amount of body fat
xʷšabus 
lightly smoked

Northern Lushootseed salmonid vocabulary

sʔuladxʷ 
a word that covers all Pacific salmon and some species of trout.
yubəč 
Chinook or King
scəqiʔ 
sockeye salmon
ƛ̕xʷayʔ 
chum salmon
skʷəxʷic 
silver salmon

Northern Lushootseed aquatic vocabulary

qalʼqaləx̌ič 
Blackfish - Killer Whale
čəxʷəluʔ 
Grey Whale
sq̓aƛ̕ 
otter
sup̓qs
seal
sťəqxʷ 
beaver
sqibk̕ʷ 
octopus
ʔaləšək 
Western pond turtle
waq̓waq̓ 
frog
sk̕ʷic̕i 
sea urchin
təǰabac 
sea cucumber
q̓ʷəlačiʔ 
star fish
bəsqʷ 
crab
ťaɫiɡʷs 
Rock Cod
p̓uay̓ 
flounder
kəlapx̌ʷəlč 
jelly fish
sʔax̌ʷuʔ 
clam
tulqʷ 
mussel
ƛ̕ux̌ʷƛ̕ux̌ʷ 
oyster
c̕ubc̕ub 
barnacle
sx̌aʔaʔ 
little neck steam clams
xʷč́iɫqs 
large native oyster
ɡʷidəq 
geoduck
stxʷub 
butter clam
sx̌əpab 
cockle clam
haʔəc 
horse clam
č́ič́əlpyaqid / puʔps 
periwinkle
sč́awyʔ 
any seashell
ʔuk̕ʷs 
large chiton
x̌ald 
small chiton

References

Language learning materials

  • Bates, D., Hess, T., & Hilbert, V. (1994). Lushootseed dictionary. Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295973234
  • Chamberlain, Rebecca, Lushootseed Language & Literature: Program reader. (Lushootseed language, cultural, and storytelling traditions.)
  • Hess, Tom and Vi Hilbert. Lushootseed Book 1; The language of the Skagit, Nisqually, and other tribes of Puget Sound. An Introduction. Lushootseed Press 1995
  • Hess, Tom and Vi Hilbert. Lushootseed Book 2 (Advanced Lushootseed). Lushootseed Press, 1995
  • Hilbert, Vi. Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound. Seattle: University of Washington, 1985
  • Hilbert, Vi, Crisca Bierwest, Thom Hess. Way of the Lushootseed People; Ceremonies & Traditions of North Puget Sound's First People. Third Edition, Lushootseed Press, 2001
  • Zahir, Zalmai (?esweli?). Puget Salish Songs/Tape. Federal Way: Zahir Consulting Services.
  • dxʷlešucid xʷgʷədgʷatəd tul̓ʔal taqʷšəblu; Some Lushootseed Vocabulary from taqʷšəblu. Lushootseed Press, 1993

External links

  • Puyallup Tribal Language Program
  • The Tulalip Lushootseed Department's Website
  • History professor helps keep local Native American language alive by Drew Brown for PLU Scene Magazine
  • Lushootseed Peoples of Puget Sound Country
  • Lushootseed Research
  • Puget Salish
  • Dr. David Beck, Salishan Language specialist
  • Developing a corpus for Lushootseed
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