Fwd: Chinook jargon - French loan-words (fwd)

David Robertson drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Tue Mar 2 15:45:21 UTC 1999

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Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 20:18:53 PST
From: Mike Cleven <mike_cleven at hotmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Chinook jargon - French loan-words

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>From: TRUDEL JEAN-LOUIS <d364034 at er.uqam.ca>
>To: ironmtn at bigfoot.com
>Subject: Chinook jargon - French loan-words
>Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 02:05:06 -0500 (EST)
>I found your site on Chinook jargon and other westernisms quite
>If I had more time, I think I could help you clear up some questions
>you have regarding French loan words in Chinook jargon.  It helps in
>some case to pronounce the French words with a heavy Canadian accent.
>But just to solve one major mystery:  you wonder about the origin
>of the word "lagwin, lakween" which means "saw".  I believe it
>does come from the French, which has the word "egoine" to designate
>a small handsaw.  (There is an acute accent on the initial 'e'
>and an umlaut on the 'i'.)  So, "l'egoine" could vey easily become
>"lagwin, lakween" (it's pronounced "leggoweene").
>Best regards,
>Jean-Louis Trudel

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