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Chinuk wawa Wikipedia[edit]

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Chinuk wawa)
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Crystal Clear mimetype file temporary.png Discuss the creation of this language project on this page. Votes will be ignored when judging the proposal. Please provide arguments or reasons and be prepared to defend them (see the Language proposal policy). (See an unofficial analysis of this request.)

This proposal is on hold:

Waiting for native speakers. If you are a native speaker of Chinuk wawa, please say it on this page or send email to --Millosh 11:29, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

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Chinuk wawa is a creole language spoken in parts of the Pacific Northwest. It was adopted by fur traders to the region as a trade language, and at one time was spoken by nearly everyone in the region, settlers and Indians alike. The language has since died down, but is currently undergoing extensive revitalization. Classes in the language are offered at Grand Ronde, Lane Community College in Eugene, and Portland State University. Others have achieved some competency in the language by reviewing published dictionaries. Grand Ronde has an immersion Head Start preschool in the language, and the community there has been working together with linguists to produce a dictionary for the language, based on sound recordings of their elders. A working rough draft has been provided to many students of the language, including myself, and the final draft will probably be published within a year or two. I am myself not a native speaker but can speak competently in the language, and continue to learn. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sarge Baldy (talk)


  • Comment I think this is an interesting proposal, but what needs to be added straight away are links to the programs teaching the language and some kind of independent assessment of how many speakers there are (especially if there are any native speakers). I also think it would be good to get in contact with the actual instructors at these programs to gauge interest level. On the positive side, I think there may be Oregon and Washington Wikipedians (myself included) who would be interested in helping a Chinuk wawa encyclopedia get started. Steven Walling (talk) 01:33, 11 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Comment: +1 on everything Steven just said. Color me intrigued. -Peteforsyth 09:20, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

The following comments were initially added on a "duplicate" request:

  • I think we should create a Wikipedia for w:Chinook Jargon. The language is still spoken on the w:Grande Ronde Indian Reservation and is taught at the university level. I have some knowledge of the language and could write articles on many different things in it. I also know many people who can as well. What do you guys think? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Fernwood1990 (talk)
    • Hello! You should start to develop the project before it is created: see incubator:Wp/chn and incubator:Wp/chn/tayi-pipa. However, there is already a proposal for a new language of Chinook Jargon: Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Chinuk wawa. Thank you. πr2 (t • c) 22:27, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
      • I merged these two proposals now; and support what PiRSquared says about Incubator. --MF-W 22:34, 17 February 2013 (UTC)