‘Know by voice’, a SW WA Salish-ism in Chinuk Wawa

My research work on Lower Chehalis Salish (ɬəẃáĺməš), the language traditionally spoken alongside old Lower Chinookan (Natítanui), steadily turns up gems of Chinuk Wawa.

Why is the late Paul Allen’s superyacht the “Breast” in Chinook?

Sure, he was a Seattle billionaire; did he ask someone to find a Chinook Jargon word for ‘beast’?

1910: Standard’s Birthday speech

One column over from an article I’ve already shared, I find more Chinuk Wawa for your entertainment.

The Mission Field and “Chinhook” (Part 1 of 6)

Today let’s start a new mini-series, showing you the important use of Chinook Jargon by certain Church of England missionaries in BC.

“Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: Who We Are”

Jacilee Wray wrote a very good book on “Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: Who We Are” (2002: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK) that I recommend to you.

George Robinson’s store vocab from Kitamaat, BC (Part 2 of 2)

And here is the second half of the treasure that linguist Emmon Bach sent to me.

George Robinson’s store vocab from Kitamaat, BC (Part 1 of 2)

(Here’s the link to Part 2 of 2.) The late, admired linguist Emmon Bach (1929-2014) “worked on”, as we linguists say, some BC languages.

“Skookum chuck” means different things…be sure to stress about it

A skúkum-tsə́qw (“Skookumchuck”) is a ‘rapids’ in a stream, right?

‘Lewis River language’ is Cowlitz Métis Chinuk Wawa

The Tenino dialect of Upper Chehalis Salish, spoken between old Fort Nisqually and the current Oakville, Washington Chehalis reservation, tells us something really interesting…

“Righteous dude”??

Here’s a heck of a further misinterpretation of a Chinuk Wawa-linked linguistic myth.