Louis Labonte's early Jargon
ddr11 at UVIC.CA
Fri Jun 1 19:16:38 UTC 2007
Lyman, H.S. 1900. Reminiscences of a native son. Oregon Native Son 2
(5):253-257. [Note, the slogan of this magazine was 'Klose Nesika
Louis Labonte (the younger), born 1818 at Astoria (?), still alive in 1900
at St. Paul, Marion County, Oregon...his remarks to an interviewer are
relayed in this article.
Labonte's recollections of Chinook Jargon are very interesting. Quite a
few forms reflect an early stage where some Jargon words still had old
Chinook prefixes attached, which were later lost. Here are some forms,
with the old prefixed ones CAPITALIZED:
ESHAYUM 'grizzly bear'
itch-hoot 'black bear'
haiqua [kind of shells]
cope-cope 'small haiqua shells; turritella'
moos-moos 'kettles' [sic; presumably for 'cattle']
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