Oowekyala facts for kids
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|Region||Northern Central Coast Regional District, British Columbia, Canada|
|Native speakers||6 (2014, FPCC)|
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.
The 45 consonants of Oowekyala:
Phonologically, affricates are treated as stops, and nasals and approximants are treated as sonorants. Additionally and are treated as sonorants.
Oowekyala has phonemic short, long, and glottalized vowels.:
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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