Search Results for: nootka jargon

A.N. Armstrong’s 1857 lexicon

One of the earliest published vocabularies of Chinuk Wawa is a frustrating mess…

McArthur’s “Oregon Geographic Names” (part 1 of 8)

Finally I’ve gotten hold of a copy of a venerable Oregon reference work…

1908: Mrs. Codfish couldn’t even talk Chinook!

Amazing how many racist assumptions one Settler reporter could pack into a brief local news piece…

A tribute to the Online Etymology Dictionary

The best user-friendly source of information online for word origins is the Online Etymology Dictionary.

‘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…

mamuk-hayu- in BC CW, and the history of Reduplication

There are real grammar differences between the newer/northern and older/southern dialects, as I call them, of Chinuk Wawa…

“Auf nach Alaska” part 2: translation

Thanks to Norbert Franz for transcribing, translating, and commenting on the 1897 German description of Chinuk Wawa that I recently showed here!

1865: Prehistoric Man Ain’t Here No More (sez Paul Kane)

What’s taken his place is a new Chinuk Wawa-speaking society, according to this writer.

James G. Swan’s diary (1859-63)

Shortly after living on Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, where he wrote his famous memoir / document of Chinook Jargon…

‘Evil’ & ‘pretty’?

Here I want to expand on a really great remark made by the crew of the 2012 Grand Ronde dictionary of Chinuk Wawa…