Sources of CJ recorded in the Inland NW/NEW TO THIS LIST

bob rock bobrockproductions at INET2000.COM
Fri Mar 5 01:56:52 UTC 1999

Tansi and Thanks Sandy:

Howard Adams (author of "Prison of Grass") recently emailed me and
mentioned that he thought "Equality" might be "paray" in Michif--tout
paray ishitoutawik (treat everyone equally).  He also said that he
couldn't find a direct Michif word for "Dignity" but that "honourable"
is kishchaymow, awnoerabl.  And he couldn't find anything for
"rights" I sure appreciate your input there Sally (as well as for
the rest of your insights).  Thanks again.  I sure appreciate the help
I'm getting from everyone.  This is a really great list.  I'm glad I
signed up!

Bob Rock

Sally Thomason wrote:
>    Bob Rock asked about Michif words for equality, dignity, and
> rights.  I checked the only dictionary I have of Michif -- "The
> Michif Dictionary: Turtle Mountain Chippewa Cree", by Patline
> Laverdure and Ida Rose Allard, and edited by John C. Crawford
> (Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, Inc., 1983).  Unfortunately, only
> one of the words Bob asked for is listed in it: drway "rights", from
> French droits.  However, since all the nouns in Michif
> are of French origin (well, almost all -- there are five Cree
> nouns), one could without too much stretching invent words for
> the other two concepts: "equality" is egalite' in French and should
> be egalitee in Michif; dignity is dignite' in French and should
> be dinyitee in Michif.  By "should be", I mean that the Michif
> spelling (and, roughly, the pronunciation) would be expected to
> be egalitee and dinyitee, respectively; but of course it isn't
> always the case that the most obvious French word turns out to be
> the actual Michif word.  It is also of course possible that there
> *are* actual Michif words for both concepts, but that Laverdure &
> Allard happened not to include them in their dictionary.
>   -- Sally Thomason

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