Jargon "was goin' to be the standard language" in Oregon

Tom Larsen larsent at PDX.EDU
Fri Jun 1 19:32:14 UTC 2007


I seem to recall from Henry Zenk's dissertation that back in the early 
days, school kids at Grand Ronde were punished for speaking Jargon.  So 
at least in that area it would be kind of hard to believe that Jargon 
was taught in the school or even used as a bridge to English.

Tom Larsen

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Dave Robertson wrote:
> Agreed, so what was this fella trying to tell the interviewer?  Did 
> teachers try to build on pupils' knowledge of Jargon in order to teach them 
> in English?  And was there a movement to make Jargon the state of Oregon's 
> official language?  
>
> ---Dave R
>
>
>
> On Fri, 1 Jun 2007 19:38:38 +0100, Anthony Grant <granta at EDGEHILL.AC.UK> 
> wrote:
>
>   
>> Taught in schools?  I'd be surprised.  ('Learnt in the school yard' I can 
>>     
> believe, as these things go.)  Anthony
>   
>>>>> Dave Robertson <ddr11 at UVIC.CA> 06/01/07 6:22 PM >>>
>>>>>           
>> Johnson, Clifton.  1908.  Highways and byways of the Pacific coast.  New
>> York: MacMillan.
>>
>> Page 240: an old settler recalls in an interview:
>>
>> "We talked a jargon that was got up for the Indians; and that was taught in
>> the schools.  I used to could speak that jargon better than I could English
>> and we had an i-dea [sic] that was goin' to be the standard language here
>> in Oregon."
>>     
>
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