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‘ABLE :: FAST’, an Indigenous metaphor

Sometimes you hear people say there’s a word in Chinook Jargon for ‘can’t’, but not for ‘can’…

Indigenous metaphor: ‘thing-Plural’ for ‘valued possessions’

Some linguistic work I was doing recently brought my attention back to the Lower Chehalis Salish word támtamaʔ ‘clothing; belongings; what you own’.

“They speak like birds”: An Indigenous metaphor, as reflected in CW

I’m guessing it means “they speak like idiots”?

Another Indigenous metaphor: ‘Afternoon’ in CW is from Chinookan

Chinuk Wawa’s southern dialect, as documented in the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation community, says láx̣w-sán (literally ~ ‘leaning-sun’) for ‘afternoon’.

Reinforcement of the Indigenous metaphor BIRD : FOOL?

Here’s quite an interesting parallel, I think.

Canoe “together”, an ancient Indigenous metaphor?

Could kəním ‘canoe’ be etymologically related to kʰánumákwst ‘together’?

‘Fathom’ from ‘rope’ — an Indigenous metaphor

The early CW measure word íɬana ‘fathom; yard’ has been shown in the superb Grand Ronde dictionary to come from Chinookan…

A word & an Indigenous metaphor discovered: ‘Deceive’ is solved by birds

I think I’ve just solved a mystery we’ve been examining, by turning up an Indigenous metaphor!

Noses, Salish metaphors, & French rarities

I’ve got two things on my nose, er, mind.

Beyond loan *words*: Tlingit phrases, metaphors, & calques from (BC) Chinuk Wawa

(I urge you to cross-reference this article with the one I did on Jargon traces in Alaskan Haida.) The freely available Sealaska Heritage Foundation dictionary of Tlingit is a goldmine.