SENĆOŦEN is a dialect of: SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke Language Family: Coast Salish

Language known as: Northern Straits Salish

SENĆOŦEN is one of the dialects of the SENĆOŦEN/Malchosen/Lekwungen/Semiahmoo/T’Sou-ke group of dialects that linguists have called Northern Straits Salish. This dialect has the largest number of fluent speakers from the group and it has been suggested the language now be called SENĆOŦEN1.

State of the Language

Population: approx. 31002
Fluent speakers: 202

There are about 20 fluent speakers of SENĆOŦEN (all over the age of 50) and about 10 people who understand and/or speak the language somewhat2. As of 2008, there are language classes being taught... As of 2008, there is also a FirstVoices archive of 367 words and 536 phrases.

Footnotes / References
1. Elliott, John (2008, July 7). Interview with John Elliott.
2. Healing Place for All Nations Society (2006). BCLI Language Project Needs Assessment.