The Coast Tsimshian Language

Coast Tsimshian is spoken in Northwestern British Columbia especially in the Skeena River drainage and at New Metlakatla in Alaska.

Coast Tsimshian people call their own language /sm?álkax/ "the real language". Sm'algax is the practical spelling now in general use. The term Tsimshian is an anglicization of /ts'msyan/ "inside the Skeena River", the term used by the Coast Tsimshian and Southern Tsimshian to refer to themselves.

Coast Tsimshian is a Tsimshianic language.


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