[aka Nsyilxcən, Okanagan, Colville-Okanagan]

Classification: Salishan


critically endangered


12 more Upper Nicola Okanagan narratives

told by Lottie Lindley, Upper Nicola Indian Band transcribed and analyzed by John Lyon, University of British Columbia This paper consists of a collection of twelve short texts from Lottie Lindley, one of the last fluent speakers of the Upper Nicola dialect of Okanagan (a.k.a. Nsyílxcən, Colville-Okanagan, and Nqílxwcən), a Southern Interior Salish language. The subject matter of these texts vary, and includes legend, history, and cultural practices. Each text is presented in the following manner: After introductory notes, we give an unbroken Okanagan transcription, followed by an interlinear rendition complete with morphological analysis, before ending with Lottie’s free translation and/or additional commentary. Footnotes primarily serve to highlight noteworthy lexical, grammatical, or discourse related phenomena.

John Lyon

Quilchena, BC

Jan. 1, 2013