Halo klootchman stop

In my dissertation research, I found that Kamloops Chinuk Wawa uses a copula “stop” that I haven’t seen in other dialects.

  • Copula: roughly a word for”to be”.
  • “Stop”: KCW uses it for “to exist”.

From a nearby part of the Interior, I found this in the Phoenix, BC “Pioneer” newspaper, 10-10-1908, page 1, about ‘the excursion of the nimrods’:

‘It is now stated the returned hunters are to be the hosts at a skookum potlatch at Alec’s illahee.  Halo klootchman stop.’

(‘…a great party at Alec’s place.  No women will be there.’)