Wakashan


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Wakashan

(wäkăsh`ən, wô`kəshän', –shôn'), branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic family, or stock, of North America and spoken by Native Americans of W Canada and the state of Washington. See Native American languagesNative American languages,
languages of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their descendants. A number of the Native American languages that were spoken at the time of the European arrival in the New World in the late 15th cent.
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Among the very few cases where they do, are pharyngealization in Nootka (language 730 in Maddieson's survey, Wakashan, Northern Amerindian), which occurs on the glottal stop only, and labialization in Kabardian (911, Caucasian, "other families").
Yet we certainly know historically these areas represent two very distinct cultural and linguistic groups - the Wakashan (West Coast) and Salishan (Gulf of Georgia/Puget Sound) respectively [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 OMITTED].
Two papers, that of Andrews on Akulmiut Eskimo and that of Donald and Mitchell on North West Coast Wakashan speakers, follow an ecological approach.