The Sháshíshálh language, also called Shashishalhem (šášíšáɬəm) and the Sechelt language, is a Coast Salish language spoken by the Shishalh (Sechelt) people of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, centered on their reserve communities in the Sechelt Peninsula area of the Sunshine Coast.
As of 1999, the language was spoken by fewer than 40 elderly people. A grammar of the language by linguist Ron Beaumont was published in 1985.
Sháshíshálh is most closely related to Sḵwxwú7mesh (known in English as Squamish), Halkomelem, and the Nooksack.
- ^ Sechelt reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- ^ Mithun, Marianne (2001). The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 487. ISBN 978-0-521-29875-9.
- ^ Beaumont, Ron (1985). She Shashishalhem, The Sechelt Language: Language, Stories, and Sayings of the Sechelt Indian people of British Columbia. Penticton, B. C.: Theytus Books.