Chinook Jargon as a non-written medium

David Robertson drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Fri Mar 5 23:34:20 UTC 1999


In the photo book "Oregon the Way it Was," by Edwin D. Culp, containing
pictures from all around the state from the later 1800s and early 1900s, I
see not a single word of Chinook Jargon in the commercial signs.  There
are hundreds of photos here, so it's a pretty representative sampling, I'd
guess.  My tentative conclusion is that CJ was used far more for speaking
than for written communication.  Hardly an earth-shattering idea, of
course.  It's just fun to get some sort of evidence from outside the realm
of history books and linguistics papers.

By the way, is Luckamas, Oregon, a town with a CJ name?

Lush san!

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