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Oowekyala
’Wuik̓ala
Region Northern Central Coast Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Ethnicity Wuikinuxv people
Native speakers 6  (2014, FPCC)
Language family
Wakashan
  • Northern
    • Heiltsuk-Oowekyala
      • Oowekyala

Oowekyala also Ooweekeeno and ’Wuik̓ala in the language itself, is a dialect (or a sublanguage) of Heiltsuk-Oowekyala, a Northern Wakashan language spoken around Rivers Inlet and Owikeno Lake in the Central Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, spoken by the Wuikinuxv, whose government is the Wuikinuxv Nation.

The name is also spelled Wuikala, Wuikenukv, Oweekeno, Wikeno, Owikeno, Oowekeeno, Oweekano, Awikenox, Oowek'yala, Oweek'ala.

Sounds

Consonants

The 45 consonants of Oowekyala:

Labial Alveolar Velar Uvular Glottal
central lateral sibilant plain labial plain labial
Plosive voiced
voiceless
ejective
Fricative
Sonorant short
long
glottalized

Phonologically, affricates are treated as stops, and nasals and approximants are treated as sonorants. Additionally and are treated as sonorants.

Vowels

Oowekyala has phonemic short, long, and glottalized vowels.:

  Front Central Back
short long glottalized short long glottalized short long glottalized
Close      
Mid                
Open            

Syllables

Oowekyala, like Nuxálk (Bella Coola), allows long sequences of obstruents, as in the following 7-obstruent word:

 'the invisible one here-with-me will be short'   (Howe 2000: 5)
kxlqsłcxʷ - you struck a match for me
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