Monthly Archive: May, 2019

Damn cold, damn hot

Another of our occasional looks at another West Coast pidgin language… Advertisements

Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa in the “Kalapuya Texts” (part 2: More CW words)

Part 2: MORE CHINOOK JARGON WORDS: In part 1 of this mini-series, we saw the list put together by Melville Jacobs of the Chinuk Wawa words he noticed being used in K’alapuyan languages… Continue reading

Modeste’s mouse ad

Is ‘naked’ in Upper Chehalis part-Chinuk Wawa?

Uncovering another stealth loan that streaked past previous researchers…

Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa in the “Kalapuya Texts” (part 1)

I’m starting another mini-series, making the case that there’s much, much more Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa in a classic collection of “Kalapuya Texts”.

Saibashi, sasquatch, Toisan, BC

For several years, I’ve been wanting to write more about saibashi…

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 3)

Shifting to quite common species, we learn on page 221 of the mid-1850s railroad survey about the Franklin’s grouse…

“Skukum makmak” ad

From an extremely obscure little Chinuk Wawa newspaper…

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 2)

I’ve started  a mini-series on previously obscure animals and species names in the 1850s “Reports of Explorations…” for a railroad line across the Northwest.

Used boots ad

Did you know? Want ads were a thing, in the earliest days of Chinuk Wawa literacy…