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Counting in Squamish

Language overview

Forty-two in Squamish The Squamish language (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) is a native american language that belongs to the Salishan languages family. Spoken by the Squamish people of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, it counts about 15 speakers.

Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 199 in Squamish. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

Squamish numbers list

  • 1 – nch’u7
  • 2 – án̓us
  • 3 – chánat
  • 4 – x̱a7útsen
  • 5 – tsíyáchis
  • 6 – t’áḵ’ach
  • 7 – t’akw’usách
  • 8 – t’ḵ’ach
  • 9 – ts’es
  • 10 – úpen
  • 11 – úpen i kwi nch’u7
  • 12 – úpen i kwi án̓us
  • 13 – úpen i kwi chánat
  • 14 – úpen i kwi x̱a7útsen
  • 15 – úpen i kwi tsíyáchis
  • 16 – úpen i kwi t’áḵ’ach
  • 17 – úpen i kwi t’akw’usách
  • 18 – úpen i kwi t’ḵ’ach
  • 19 – úpen i kwi ts’es
  • 20 – wetl’ch’
  • 30 – lhéxwlhsha7
  • 40 – x̱wutsnalhshá7
  • 50 – lheḵ’chalhshá7
  • 60 – t’éx̱malhsha7
  • 70 – ts’ekwchalhshá7
  • 80 – tḵechalhshá7
  • 90 – ts’echalhshá7
  • 100 – nách’aw̓ich
  • 1,000 – úpen kwis nách’aw̓ich

Squamish numbering rules

Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words: nch’u7 [1], án̓us [2], chánat [3], x̱a7útsen [4], tsíyáchis [5], t’áḵ’ach [6], t’akw’usách [7], t’ḵ’ach [8], and ts’es [9].
  • The tens are formed by suffixing the root of the multiplier digit with alhshá7, except for ten and twenty: úpen [10], wetl’ch’ [20], lhéxwlhsha7 [30], x̱wutsnalhshá7 [40], lheḵ’chalhshá7 [50], t’éx̱malhsha7 [60], ts’ekwchalhshá7 [70], tḵechalhshá7 [80], and ts’echalhshá7 [90].
  • Compound numbers are formed by stating the ten, then the expression i kwi and the unit digit (e.g.: úpen i kwi nch’u7 [11], t’éx̱malhsha7 i kwi t’ḵ’ach [68]).
  • One hundred is nách’aw̓ich. Compound hundreds are formed by stating the hundred, the ten and the unit, each group linked to the others with the expression i kwi (e.g.: nách’aw̓ich i kwi ts’es [109], nách’aw̓ich i kwi wetl’ch’ i kwi t’akw’usách [127]).
  • One thousand is úpen kwis nách’aw̓ich, or ten times one hundred.

Write a number in full in Squamish

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Squamish. Will you guess how to write a number in full? Enter a number and try to write it down in your head, or maybe on a piece of paper, before displaying the result.

Books

Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts / Squamish-English Dictionary Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts / Squamish-English Dictionary
by , editors University of Washington Press (2011)
[Amazon.com Amazon.com]

Salishan languages

Comox, Halkomelem, Klallam, Lushootseed, Saanich, Shuswap, and Squamish.

Other supported languages

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