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Language Family: Coast Salish

Language known as: Klallam, Clallam, S'Klallam

The nəxʷsƛ̕ay̓əmúcən (Klallam) language "...has since time immemorial been spoken on the north shore of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula from the Strait of Juan de Fuca inland into the mountains. It is also native to some other nearby areas such as Becher Bay on the south of Vancouver Island and on some nearby smaller islands..."1

Although most of the words in Nəxʷsƛ̕ay̓əmúcən are the same or very similar to words in SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke, they are not mutually intelligible languages. A speaker of SENĆOŦEN , for example, could learn Nəxʷsƛ̕ay̓əmúcən very easily, and vice versa. "The Nəxʷsƛ̕ay̓əmúcən language, itself, has several dialects. Elwha Klallam, Becher Bay Klallam, Jamestown Klallam, and Little Boston Klallam are all very slightly different from one another in pronunciation and the usage of some words."1

State of the Language

Fluent speakers: 42
First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Scia'new (Beecher Bay)unknownunknownunknownunknown
Footnotes / References
1. copied from: http://www.ling.unt.edu/~montler/Klallam/
2. according to Wikipedia (viewed Sept. 15, 2008): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klallam_language