North Straits Salish language

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North Straits Salish
Region Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; Washington, USA
Native speakers
12  (2007–2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 str
Glottolog stra1244[2]

North Straits Salish is a Salish language which includes the dialects of

Although they are mutually intelligible, each dialect is traditionally referred to as if it were a separate language, and there is no native term to encompass them all.

North Straits, along with Klallam, forms the Straits Salish branch of the Central Coast Salish languages. Klallam and North Straits are very closely related, but not mutually intelligible.

See Saanich dialect for the phonology.


  1. ^ North Straits Salish at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Straits Salish". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Patterson, Travis (2011-06-01). "Traditional language comes alive on breakwater". Victoria News. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 

See also[edit]

  • Laurence C. Thompson; M. Terry Thompson; Barbara S. Efrat (1974). "Some Phonological Developments in Straits Salish". International Journal of American Linguistics 40 (3): 182–196. doi:10.1086/465311. 
  • Timothy Montler (1999). "Language and dialect variation in Straits Salishan". Anthropological Linguistics 41 (4): 462–502. 

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