Lushootseed (txʷəlšucid, dxʷləšucid), also Puget Salish, Puget Sound Salish or Skagit-Nisqually, is a language made up of a dialect continuum of several Salish tribes of modern-day Washington state. Lushootseed is one of the Coast Salish languages, one of two main divisions of the Salishan language family.

dxʷləšucid or txʷəlšucid
Native toUnited States
RegionNorth Western Washington, around the Puget Sound
EthnicitySkagit, Sauk-Suiattle,Swinomish, Stillaguamish, Snohomish, Suquamish, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Duwamish, Puyallup, Nisqually, Sahewamish, Squaxin
Extinctno fully fluent native speakers as of 2008,[1] some second-language speakers. Revitalization efforts underway
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
lut  Lushootseed
slh  Southern Puget Sound Salish
ska  Skagit (covered by [lut])
sno  Snohomish (covered by [lut])
Lushootseed is classified as Critically Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
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Its pre-contact range extended from around modern-day Olympia, Washington to Bellingham, Washington, spoken by roughly 12000 at its peak.[2][3] The dialects of the language can be split into two categories: northern and southern, which can further be split into dialects spoken by the individual peoples who spoke it. Today, it is mostly used in heritage and symbolic purposes, like on signage or place names. It is seldom spoken today, and is classified as Critically Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.

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