As we’re finding to be frequent among the modern Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest interior, Nsilxcən Salish carries many, many indications of a substantial contact history with Métis people’s speech. Today I’m… Continue reading →
Among the most famed “pioneers” was Captain Oliver Cromwell Applegate Sr. (1845-1938).
Truly rough “frontier” humor wasn’t rare in print at one time…
Chinuk Wawa was sometimes suspected of being an enemy code during the US Civil War…
Here is yet another neato frito confirmation that “stop” was a very common BC Chinook Jargon synonym for the various uses of míɬayt…
A decade pre-Klondike gold rush, a Montana newspaper article about Alaska has little else to do than reminisce about how the Jews, supposedly, were taking over that Territory at the time of the… Continue reading →
“She” spoke really good Chinuk Wawa, and “Deer Ed.” didn’t need to translate it for his readers.
From the wonderful old language discussion forum, American Notes and Queries, comes this note on a Pacific Northwest English borrowing from Chinuk Wawa: Icta (Vol. v, pp. 66, etc.). — Icta, or icter, is a… Continue reading →
It’s time to update the first linguistic study I ever published on Chinuk Wawa. (That’s a live link, if you want to go read some scholarly prose.)
IMHO: this one is right up there with the greatest productions of Google Translate, or of any nonsense verse writer.