Halkomelem (Halq̓eméylem)

Halkomelem is a member of the Central branch of the Salishan family of languages spoken by about 285 people in southern British Colombia in Canada and northern Washington State in the USA. There are three dialect groups: Upriver, Island and Downriver. In the Upriver dialect the language is called Halq̓eméylem, in Island dialect it is called Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓, and in the Downriver dialect it is called hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.

Halkomelem is taught in a number of language programs run by the Stó:lō Nation, Seabird Island First Nation, and the Cowichan First Nation. There are also language class for adults run by Musqueam Indian Band and the University of British Columbia First Nations and endangered languages programme.

Halkomelem alphabet and pronunciation

This pronunciation is for the dialect spoken by the Musqueam, one of the Downriver dialects (hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓).

Halkomelem alphabet and pronunciation

Download of alphabets charts for Halkomelem in PDF or Excel format.

Details of the Halkomelem alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Qun’ tthu Qwuni ’u tthu Sum’shathut

Sxwuy’em’ tun’a. Sqwil’qwul ts’u ’u kw’un’a ’nan ’uw’wulh hith. Stutesulh tthu Sum’shathut, ’uwu tsakwus tthu shni’s. Suw’ne’nuts’uw’t·hwum’s ’u tthu siye’yus. Tsusutum’ ts’u thuw’ne’ullh mustimuhw ’u tthu Xeel’s, “Kw’oukw’uy’ukw tseep, yath tseep ’uw’kw’oukw’uy’ukw ’un’suw’qutl’um’shulup tthu ts’ul’ts’s tthu stseelhtun. Nilh tse’ ’un’lumxutun, le’lum’utum’ tsu’ tthu ’un’lelum’.”

Source: http://www.languagegeek.com/salishan/hulquminum_text.html

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Information about Halkomelem

Salishan languages

Coeur d'Alene, Comox, Halkomelem, Klallam, Lushootseed, Lillooet, Nooksack, Nuxalk, Okanagan, Saanich, Salish, she shashishalhem, Shuswap, Squamish, Nlaka’pamux (Thompson)

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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