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

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byPeter Bakker

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The Michif language -- spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada -- is considered an "impossible language" since it uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and comprises two different sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical researchand fieldwork data to present the first detailed analysis of this language and how it came into being.

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The Michif language -- spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada -- is considered an "impossible language" since it uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and comprises two different sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical researchand fieldwork data to present the first detail...

Peter Bakker is at University of Aarhus.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This book...presents a wealth of information about the culture, documented history, and languages of the Canadian Metis....The book is smartly produced and written in generally graceful English....Bakker's book will deservedly be the main point of reference on Michif for years tocome."--Language in Society