Jargon "was goin' to be the standard language" in Oregon
hzenk at PDX.EDU
hzenk at PDX.EDU
Sat Jun 2 19:45:40 UTC 2007
Anything on where & when this guy Clifton was in school? It is
possible to imagine that kids could have been taught some semblance of
Jargon at times & in places where it was still the main White-Indian
medium. Just speculating here. H
Quoting Tom Larsen <larsent at pdx.edu>:
> 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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