Chinook Jargon


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Chinook Jargon

n.
A pidgin language combining words from Nootka, Chinook, Salishan languages, French, and English, formerly used as a lingua franca in the Pacific Northwest.

Chinook Jargon

n
(Languages) a pidgin language containing elements of Native American languages, English, and French: formerly used among fur traders and Indians on the NW coast of North America

Chinook′ Jar′gon


n.
a pidgin based largely on Nootka, Lower Chinook, French, and English, once widely used as a lingua franca from Alaska to Oregon.
[1830–40]
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Noun1.Chinook Jargon - a pidgin incorporating Chinook and French and English words; formerly used as a lingua franca in northwestern North America
pidgin - an artificial language used for trade between speakers of different languages
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Sam is a British Columbia MLA and also former Mayor of Vancouver He spoke to our members about his attempt to promote the revival of Chinook Jargon, the aboriginal trade language once widely used in British Columbia.
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Chinook Jargon consisted of words that were borrowed and adapted from several Native languages, as well as French and English.
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