The primary reason for this site is to collect materials on salishan languages that will help anyone interested in learning about salishan languages. I am starting with the Okanogan-Colville language. If others want to contribute to their language send me a message and we’ll see what we can do.
Some people want the Okanogan-Colville language to be referred to as nsəlxciʼn, the native word for the language. Dr. Anthony Mattina wrote a Phd dissertation on the Okanogan-Colville language in 1973, he titled it ‘Colville Grammatical Structure’. Other linguists have written about this language under different descriptions. What they have done is constructed a manner to write this language for the first time ever. But most of this work is very technical and greatly unreadable to the average person. Any kind of audio material is also not readily available. People are making material available but it usually requires an individual to pay for a class or at least attend one far away. Otherwise, this information is either copy written or locked away in some archive/history/library and never made available. I want to change that by making whatever I can get my hands on completely available…..completely free.
At this time I want to make available an audio made by William Charley in 1981. William Charley’s dream was to keep this language alive. His preamble is very inspiring to hear. Click the ‘downloads’ button above to get his audio.
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