Pəntl’áč

The Pəntl’áč speaking people traditionally lived on the east coast of central Vancouver Island with a territory that encompassed the current towns of Courtenay and Qualicum. Although the Pəntl’áč traditions and a chieftainship were passed on to members of the K'ómoks First Nation, the last known speaker of Pəntl’áč passed away in 1940 [[Personal communication Mary Everson to Towagh Behr Feb. 27, 2012]]. The Pəntl’áč people's own name for their language is unknown; Pəntl’áč is the name they were given by neighbouring speakers of Éy7á7juuthem and She shashishalhem[[257]].

Statement about language health: 
This language is considered a sleeping language.
Other resources: 

The last Pentlatch speaker passed away over 50 years ago and the language is poorly documented. There is no published literature on the language. However, Franz Boas collected texts and substantial vocabulary and his notes are in the archives of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia [[courtesy of the Yinka Déné Language Institute]].

First NationPopulationFluent SpeakersUnderstand or Speak SomewhatLearning Speakers
K'ómoks First Nation273
Other language names: 
Pentlatch
Language family: 
Salishan
Language subfamily: 
Coast Salish