The Sm’algya̱x language is spoken in north-western British Columbia, in and around the area of the lower Skeena river and surrounding islands. It is a member of the Tsimshian language family, most closely related to Southern Tsimshian. The orthography presented here is that used in Sm’algya̱x: A Reference Dictionary and Grammar of the Coast Tsimshian Language and by the Tsimshian First Nation Council in the Sm’algya̱x Living Legacy Talking Dictionary – although their site does not employ Unicode, and is consequently unusable to someone without their special font.
Note: There are several Roman Orthography conventions on this site that may require further explanation. On the charts below, there is lots of phonetic terminology that may not be familiar to everyone.
|bilabial||alveolar||alveolar affricate||lateral||palatalised velar||velar||rounded velar||uvular||glottal|
|high||i - ii||ü - üü||u - uu|
|mid||e - ee||o - oo|
|low||a - aa||a̱ - a̱a̱|