Definition of Wakashan in English:


Syllabification: Wa·kash·an
Pronunciation: /wäˈkaSHən


  • Relating to a small family of almost extinct American Indian languages of the northern Pacific coast, including Kwakiutl and Nootka.
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    • The Salishan and Wakashan languages are the favorite candidates for languages lacking the noun/verb contrast, but there have been several other proposals.


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  • The Wakashan family of languages.
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    • The ‘keepers of the language’ should be the language family - Algonquin, Athapaskan, Eskimo-Aleut, Haida, Iroquoian, Hutenai, Salishan, Siouan, Tlingit, Wakashan.


formed by Captain Cook from Nootka wakash 'bravo!' + -an.

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