Nsyilxcən

[aka Nsilxcín, Nsyilxcen, Nsyilxcn, Nsəlxcin, Okanagan-Colville]

Classification: Salishan

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endangered

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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

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