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SPEAKING TILLAMOOK

In an effort to preserve the Tillamook language, some researchers from the University of Hawaii interviewed Joe Scovell’s mother and other members of the Nehalem band of the Tillamook tribe from 1965-72. They have so far compiled a 120-page Tillamook-English dictionary, with a 35-page English-Tillamook index, which is an unpublished work still in progress. A sampling:

Hello, how do you do?
dəʔ  šʔálen̓əxʷš

Tomorrow
gʷə  wə́š  gʷas

Good
də  húcsənə

White person
ʔənʔúns

Tillamook (city)
datági

The tide is coming in
ʔələ́lil

Source: M. Terry Thompson

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