Meeting places and how they effect languages
|From:||Michael Adams <abrigon@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 15:12|
Pacific Northwest is not US or Canadian. It goes back to the
days when much of NW US and Western Canada was US/UK territory.
Finally ending in like 1849 or there abouts..
I know, got family on both sides of the border, the border was
not fixed until like 1849 to 1870..
Washington = Worshington..
Most of the area is what might be called Command American
English (US/Canada is North America), but some places have
Northern or might be called North Eastern flavor to it, like
around Boise, you have forms that are closer to Massecheusetts
Then you have Alaska, which has alot of form from Pacific NW,
but also California and Tex-Ar-Kana
(Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisianna) cause of the oil industries
place here, but mostly you see Seattle forms..
But heh, much of the money for Alaska came through Seattle.
But Pacific Northwest includes much of what was once called
Russian America, parts of which is now Alaska, but also British
Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.. Also
areas claimed by Spain/Mexico, UK, US and I suspect more..
Alaska is a nice mixing pot, between the native languages
(Aleut-Eskimo several forms, Athabaskan, Tlingit and Haida),
which addes some fun accents and terms "I Jokes" to just how
some people say things. As well as Russian/Ukrainians, Pinoy,
and more. Sizable Mexican/Spanish-American population, but also
Japanese, Korean and Chinese.. Northern Lights and Hot Springs
is something spiritual in Shinto?
As well as many other ethnic groups.. Heh, I work for a company
that is run by Muslims, manager is born again or Jehovahs
witness, and my assistant is Jewish, got friends who are
Wiccans/Pagans and Mormons and more.. Even a Buddist or Hindu
What you expect for a place where the West and East Meet, the
other side of the Iron Curtain (Ice Curtain), heh, the Soviets
was next door. Go figure..
But this does raise a question, when you have more than one
conlang in an area, or more like a conlang gone to a NATLANG,
then what? Also how people speak it, not everyone is the same,
so how to keep things "PURE" (I know not likely to happen, but
the French Academy is sure trying with French, Official French
is it a CONLANG now or ...?).