The Gitksan Language

Gitksan is spoken in Northwestern British Columbia.

The indigenous name for this language varies somewhat with dialect. /gitksan/ is the pronounciation used in the Hazelton area; in the Eastern villages it is /gitxsan/; in the Western villages it is /gitxsen/. The usual English term is the Hazelton form of the indigenous name. Since Nisga'a and Gitksan are closely related and have often been treated as dialects of the same language by linguists, the term Nass-Gitksan is found in the literature.

Gitksan is a Tsimshianic language.


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