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Squamish-English Dictionary

edited by Peter Jacobs & Damara Jacobs

Publisher
Squamish Nation Education Department, University of Washington Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Category
Dictionaries
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780295990224
    Publish Date
    Jan 2011
    List Price
    $61.00

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This dictionary is the first published compilation by the Squamish Nation of Skwxwú7mesh Sníchim, one of ten Coast Salish languages. The Squamish peoples' traditional homeland includes the territory around Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, B.C.), Howe Sound, and the Squamish and Cheakamus river valleys. The Squamish language is critical to the Squamish Nation. It offers a view of modern daily life, and contains the historical record, protocols, laws, and concerns of generations of Squamish people, but is also critically endangered today.

This dictionary builds on over 100 years of documentation and research by Squamish speakers working with anthropologists and linguists beginning in the late nineteenth century. The dictionary is also informed by Squamish elders who taught language classes in the 1960s. More recently, the Squamish Language Elders Advisory Group has been involved with and supported the work of the Skwxwú7mesh Sníchim dictionary and language recovery initiatives.

This important work is a reflection of current knowledge and is designed as a beginner's resource for a diverse audience of learners and scholars, as well as a tool for exploration.

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Editorial Reviews

"This volume is a beautifully formatted, user-friendly, and dependable dictionary. It will undoubtedly serve as an indispensable tool and resource for learners of the Squamish language and for linguists as well."

Anthropological Linguistics

"The more elaborate material is in the Squamish to English part, and includes some cultural and historical gems. There are, for example, single words to indicate a variety of ways to walk. . . Summing Up: Recommended."

Choice

"Offers a view of modern daily life but also contains the historical record, protocols and laws of Squamish people that are essential for nation building and retaining culture."

December 2011

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