Lower Cowlitz Salish & a previously overlooked old Chinuk Wawa word for ‘school’?

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Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa in the “Kalapuya Texts” (part 3: “English” words)

We’ve seen a bunch of obviously Chinuk Wawa words sprinkled into K’alapuyan in the first two installments of this mini-series; now, quite a few that are disguised as English…

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 4)

One last term that we hadn’t known is one that we thought only referred to the introduced species Equus ferus caballus (the horse).

Peytavin’s letter from Cheam, BC

A missionary reports from somewhere down the Fraser River: rumors are swirling in Stó:lô Salish territory near Vancouver.

Samuel Hancock’s “Thirteen Years [give or take] on the Northwest Coast”

A fella I don’t reckon I knew much about came early to Northern Oregon (pre-Washington Territory) & noted plenty of Chinook Jargon there…

Damn cold, damn hot

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

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

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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”.