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Chinook jargon


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Chinook Jargon (also known as chinuk wawa) originated as a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest, and spread during the 19th century from the lower Columbia River, first to other areas in modern Oregon and Washington, then British Columbia and as far as Alaska and Yukon Territory, sometimes taking on characteristics of a creole language. It is related to, but not the same as, the aboriginal language of the Chinook people, upon which much of its vocabulary is based. Many words from Chinook Jargon remain in common use in the Western United States and British Columbia and the Yukon, in indigenous languages as well as regional English usage, to the point where most people are unaware the word was originally from the Jargon. The total number of Jargon words in published lexicons numbered only in the hundreds, and so it was easy to learn. It has its own grammatical system, but a very simple one that, like its word list, was easy to learn. The consonant 'r' is rare though existent in Chinook Jargon, and English and French loan words, such as 'rice' and 'merci', have changed in their adoption to the Jargon, to 'lice' and 'mahsie', respectively.
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[ar] الشينوك جارجون
[az] çinuk ləhçəsi
[bn] চিনুক জার্গন
[bs] činukski
[bg] жаргон чинуук
[ca] pidgin chinook
[cs] činuk pidžin
[da] chinook
[de] Chinook Wawa
[el] Ιδιωματικά Σινούκ
[en] Chinook Jargon
[eo] Ĉinuka piĝino
[et] tšinuki žargoon
[fi] Chinook-jargon
[fr] Chinook
[gu] ચિનૂક જાર્ગન
[he] ניב צ'ינוק
[hi] चिनूक जारगॉन
[hr] chinook žargon
[hu] csinuk zsargon
[id] Jargon Chinook
[is] sínúk
[it] gergo chinook
[ja] チヌーク混成語
[kn] ಚಿನೂಕ್ ಜಾರ್ಗೋನ್
[ks] چِنوٗک جارگَن
[ko] 치누크어와 영어 프랑스어의 혼성어
[lo] ຊີນຸກຈາກອນ
[lv] činuku žargons
[lt] činuk žargonas
[ml] ചിനൂഗ്-ജാർഗൺ
[mr] चिनूक जारगॉन
[mk] жаргон чинук
[mt] Ġargon taċ-Ċinuk
[nl] Chinook jargon
[nn] chinook
[nb] chinook
[or] ଚିନୁକ୍ ଜାରଗାଁନ୍
[pl] żargon Chinook
[pt] chinook jargon
[rm] patuà chinook
[ro] jargon chinook
[ru] Чинукский жаргон
[sk] činucký žargón
[sl] činuški žargon
[es] jerga chinuk
[sr] Чинукски
[sv] chinook
[ta] சினூக் ஜார்கான்
[te] చినూక్ జార్గన్
[th] ชินุกจาร์กอน
[tr] Chinook Jargon
[uk] чинук жаргон
[vi] Biệt ngữ Chinook

Language type : Living

Official language : China, Macao, Taiwan,

Language resources for Chinook jargon

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Wiktionary - Category:Chinook Jargon language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:jargon chinook [fr]

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