Kirchoff, "Oregon East, Oregon West"
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Kirchoff, Theodor. 1987 [ca. 1876?] Oregon East, Oregon West. [n.l.]
: Oregon Historical Society Press. [Translation by Frederic Trautmann of:
Reisebilder und Skizzen aus Amerika.]
This a nice find for the student of Jargon.
Starting with Chapter 3, "A Storekeeper's Day in The Dalles", Kirchoff
recalls conversations with Indians in CJ. He mostly presents the language
in a German-style spelling that attempts to represent the sounds of the
words, rather than using the standardized Anglo spellings.
Here are some samples (capital E = his acute-accented "e"):
"Meike nan-nitsch sicks" (Look around, my friend).
"Kant-sche okuk pczE pu-sis-se?" (How much is this green blanket?)
"hei-uh dschik-ka-ma" (very much money)
One item not specified as to language is the "word for dog ('Dschu!
Dschu!')" used when kicking slow-moving Indian dogs out of the way. I
guess it could be from a language local to The Dalles area.
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