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.’)