Southern Tsimshian dialect

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Southern Tsimshian
Sgüüx̣s
Native to Canada
Region northwest British Columbia
Ethnicity Tsimshian people
Extinct 2013, with the death of Violet Neasloss[1][2]
Tsimshianic
  • Tsimshian
    • Southern Tsimshian
Language codes
ISO 639-2 tsi
ISO 639-3 tsi (with Coast Tsimshian)
Linguist list
tsi-sou
Glottolog sout2962[3]

Southern Tsimshian, Sgüüx̣s or Ski:xs, is the southern dialect of the Tsimshian language, spoken by the Gitga'ata and Kitasoo Tsimshians in Klemtu, B.C.. It became extinct with the death of the last remaining speaker, Violet Neasloss.

Sgüüx̣s has been described[4] as a highly conservative dialect of Coast Tsimshian. The name Sgüüx̣s means "the language beside."

Several articles on the language were written by Tsimshian specialist John Asher Dunn.[5]

The language is currently being documented with the goal of being able to create new fluent speakers at some time in the future.[citation needed]

Further reading[edit]

  1. ^ "An amazing woman has gone to sleep, and her language with her • r/linguistics". reddit. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  2. ^ muskwatch (17 December 2013). "Visiting with Violet Neasloss in Klemtu". Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via YouTube. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Southern Tsimshian". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Mithun, Marianne (2001). The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge University Press. p. 525. ISBN 0-521-29875-X. 
  5. ^ "South Tsimshian Bibliography". ydli.org. Retrieved 21 January 2011.