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A sampler of frontier-era California pidgin Spanish/English/Chinuk Wawa

My readers are steadily treated to the insight (so I claim) that pidgin languages such as Chinook Jargon don’t exist in a vacuum.

“Mas” about California pidgin Spanish

Last post, I introduced you to California Pidgin Spanish of the gold-rush times, 1858…now, here is más. This time without Chinook Jargon mixed in. First I want to report that the earliest find I’ve… Continue reading

He expected Chinook Jargon, he got pidgin Spanish?!

This anecdote from south of the known region that Chinook Jargon was used in (Sacramento, CA) unexpectedly yielded what looks like pidgin Spanish being used by Native people there.  The gentleman in question… Continue reading

Clattewah, or, how variant spellings led me to a mixed Spanish-English-CJ pidgin

[ *** Edited for clarity — because I posted this late last night 🙂 *** ] A humorous bit about the high cost of living in San Francisco — how timely! A racist… Continue reading

1871: A Negro boot-black (& a missing pidgin)

There’s at least one pidgin missing from the flock of languages in this astonished mention of a Portland Black man.

Welcome to Halo Chemuck, California

One early frontier town in California combined 2 pidgin languages in its name…

Chemuck compendium

Here’s a sampler of occurrences I’ve found of a common frontier-era California pidgin Spanish/English/Chinuk Wawa word for ‘food’…

“The Chinook and other Indian jargons”

We learn a little something, excerpting from a glowing obituary of then-recently deceased Isaiah Cooper Matheny, Willamette Valley (Oregon) pioneer of the 1843 Applegate wagon train…

West Coast CPE, 19th c.

One of the topics that keeps intersecting with my unifying theme of Chinook Jargon is the use of multiple pidgin languages here in the West. 

A. Delano & why Chinuk Wawa was thought to extend to the Rocky Mts.

Not too long ago, I read the Forty-Niner A[lonzo] Delano’s 1854 book: “Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings; being Scenes and Adventures of an Overland Journey to California: with Particular Incidents… Continue reading