Lower Chehalis language

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Lower Chehalis
Native toUnited States
Regionsouth of Olympic Peninsula, Washington
EthnicityChehalis people
Extinct(date missing)[1]
  • Coast
    • Tsamosan
      • Maritime
        • Lower Chehalis
Language codes
ISO 639-3cea

Lower Chehalis (Łəw̓ál̕məš) is a member of the Tsamosan (or Olympic Peninsula) branch of the Coast Salish family of Salishan languages. In some classifications, Lower Chehalis is placed closer to Quinault than it is to Upper Chehalis.


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Lateral Velar Uvular Glottal
plain lab. plain lab.
Plosive plain p t k q ʔ
ejective kʼʷ qʼʷ
Affricate plain ts
ejective tsʼ tʃʼ tɬʼ
Fricative s ʃ ɬ χ χʷ h
Sonorant voiced m n j l w
glottalized ˀm ˀn ˀj ˀl ˀw

Vowels are represented as /i ə u a/ and /iː uː aː/.[2] Allophones are also noted.

Sound Allophone
/i/ [i], [e], [ɛ]
/a/ [aˤ], [a], [ɐ]
/ə/ [ɨ], [ə], [ʌ], [ɪ], [ʊ]
/u/ [u], [o], [ɔ]


  1. ^ Lower Chehalis at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Snow, Charles (1969). A Lower Chehalis Phonology.