A Tsilhqút’ín Grammar

9780774825160: Hardback
Release Date: 1st September 2013

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 670

Series First Nations Languages

UBC Press

A Tsilhqút’ín Grammar

This book provides a comprehensive linguistic description of Tsilhqút’ín (Chilcotin), an Athabaskan language spoken in Interior British Columbia.
Hardback / £155.00

Tsilhqút’ín, also known as Chilcotin, is a northern Athabaskan language spoken by the people of the Chilco River (Tsilhqóx) in Interior British Columbia. Until now, the literature on Tsilhqút’ín contained very little description of the language. With forty-seven consonants and six vowels plus tone, the phonological system is notoriously complex. This book is the first comprehensive grammar of Tsilhqút’ín. It covers all aspects of linguistic structure – phonology, morphology, and syntax – including negation and questions. Also included are three annotated texts. The product of decades of work by linguist Eung-Do Cook, this book makes an important contribution to the ongoing documentation of Athabaskan languages.

Abbreviations and Symbols


1 Sound System and Orthography

2 Words and Their Categories

3 Organization of the Verb

4 Theme Categories and Other Verb Classes

5 Simple Sentences

6 Complex Sentences

7 Movement and Other Syntactic Rules

8 Negation

9 Questions

10 Reference to Third Person and Morphosyntactic Problems

Appendix: Three Annotated Texts

References Cited

Eung-Do Cook is a professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Calgary.