The Thompson Language

Thompson is spoken in South Central British Columbia along the Thompson River, to the south of Shuswap.

The indigenous name of the people is /nɬeʔkepmx/, for which the practical spelling is Nlaka'pamux. The name of the language is /nɬeʔkepmxtʃin/ The usual English term refers to the Thompson River. Simon Fraser gave the river its English name in honour of the explorer David Thompson.

Thompson is a Salishan language.


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