Chinook Jargon: The Hidden Language of the Pacific Northwest by Jim Holton

Chinook Jargon: The Hidden Language of the Pacific Northwest by Jim Holton

By Jim Holton

A enjoyable and intriguing examine the heritage, present prestige and linguistics of the Chinook Jargon pidgin. This ebook offers the visitor and resident alike with a distinct perception into a space the place few sleek explorers enterprise – local American languages. As custodians in their cultures, those languages are disappearing from the North American panorama. 2 hundred 90 of the three hundred indigenous languages should be extinct in the subsequent century until current tendencies are reversed. Chinook Jargon is the main available of all of the local American languages. With a small utilitarian vocabulary and easy syntax, it was once the lingua franca of the Northwest for many of the 1800s. 100000 local americans, settlers and immigrants have been utilizing it in 1875. sufficient Chinook Jargon could be discovered in a number of hours to get pleasure from uncomplicated dialog. This booklet presents extra leisure through interpreting position names within the Northwest. You’ll aid look after this American pidgin through partaking during this enriching adventure.

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However, the story varies and usually comes second-hand. “The Indians adopted this word [piltên] from the name of a deranged person, Archibald Pelton, or perhaps Felton, whom Mr. Wilson P. Hunt found on his journey to Astoria, and carried there with him. ” — George Gibbs (1863, A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon) “The word pehlten [piltên] – insane, crazy – comes from ‘Filion,’ the name of an employee of the Hudson’s Bay who became insane. ” — (1909, attributed to Kamloops Wawa by George Shaw) 50 Skukum —Edward Keithahn (1963, Monuments in Cedar) This is Tayi Shakes’ traditional house in Alaska.

People see you. Tilikêm klaska nanich mayka. ) I am going to look for…. Nayka klatawa nanich…. ) Mary teaches me. Mary yaka mamuk kêmtêks nayka. ) Pronouns also show possession. Without a pronoun, any noun preceding another noun will become an adjective. a dog’s house kamuks yaka haws (Linear translation: dog his house) a dog house kamuks haws (Linear translation: dog house) Bob’s wife’s hat Bob yaka kluchmên yaka siyaputl (Linear Translation: Bob his wife her hat) Some people omit the pronoun when a subject noun is present.

Recognizing these names as Chinook Jargon and translating them can add lots of enjoyment to any trip. Important Words You can easily translate Chinook Jargon place names because they tend to come from a small subset of the vocabulary. The same words are used over and over again. Be on the lookout for variations in spelling as place names use various historic spellings, which aren’t standardized. For instance, the word klahani is usually spelled “klahanie” in place names. ” Here are the most important words you’ll run into: alkie, alki alta chuck coolie, cooley cooliechuck cultus delate, delett illahie, illahee, illahe kanaka klahhanie, klahanie kopa, copa memloost, memaloose mesachie muckamuck atlki - future alta - now, presently chêk - water kuli - run (There is another word coulee which refers to a stream or river that is dry part of the year.

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