A Language of Our Own : the Genesis of Michif, the Mixed Cree-French Language of the Canadian Metis.

The Michif language - spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada - uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and has two sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present an analysis of how it came into being.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Bakker, Peter
Format: eBook
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Table of Contents:
  • Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Remarks on Spelling; Abbreviations; Maps; 1 Introduction; 2 European-Amerindian Contact in the Fur Trade; 3 The Métis Nation: Origin and Culture; 4 Grammatical Sketch of Michif; 5 Variation in Michif; 6 Cree-French Language Mixture: Types and Origin; 7 Ethnogenesis and Language Genesis: A Model; 8 The Intertwining of French and Cree; 9 The Source Languages of Michif: French, Cree, and Ojibwe; 10 The Genesis of Michif; Notes; References; Index of Languages, Personal Names, and Geographical Names; Subject Index.