Squamish

Squamish Language

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A native speaker of Squamish discusses his language.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 5, 2014

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Squamish;
American Indian

How to Say Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Skwomesh)

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My housemate just got back from vacation in Canada and asked me how to pronounce "7" because she'd seen it on a road sign. I find it telling that a writing system not necessarily suited to the Squamish language is used for road signs (no glottal stop on an English typewriter). Having lived in the PNW for the past few years and being constantly surrounded by such names has made me wonder how true those names are to their originals, and what that means about the relationships between America/the English language and these native languages' speakers.

Posted by Maren Fichter on September 5, 2014

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Power;
Borrowing;
American Indian;
Contact;
Squamish