The Michif language -- spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada -- is considered an qimpossible languageq since it uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and comprises two different sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present the first detailed analysis of this language and how it came into being.The word aquot;Metisaquot; is now pronounced as [meti] or [metis] by speakers of English, both incorrect imitations of French [metis]. ... The Ojibwe language specialist Baraga (1878-1 880: 2:4, 421; cited in Goddard 1981) stated that the Indians aquot;call theanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Language of Our Own : The Genesis of Michif, the Mixed Cree-French Language of the Canadian Metis|
|Author||:||Peter Bakker Researcher University of Aarhus|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1997-05-08|