Okanagan-Colville

[aka Nsyilxcən, Okanagan, Colville-Okanagan]

Classification: Salishan

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critically endangered

resource

n’łəqʷcin (clear speech): 1,000 hours to mid-intermediate N’syilxcn proficiency (Indigenous language, Syilx, Okanagan-Colville, n’qilxwcn, Interior Salish)

https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0074314

One-thousand hours of intensive instruction, following second-language acquisition techniques and honouring our Indigenous contexts, brings a group of adults to mid-intermediate speech levels. As intermediate speakers, our role and responsibility will become clear: to create immersion workspheres, write advanced materials, teach, and raise children in the language. The author, a Syilx language activist and Syilx Nation member, creates an intensive adult immersion class in a house. The five women live together for six months to achieve mid intermediate fluency. They follow the Salish School of Spokane Curriculum and achieve measurable results. PhD Thesis.

Michele K. Johnson

Okanagan, Syilx Territory, Interior Salish, Chopaka, Southern BC

Jan. 1, 2013

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