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Nominal Contact in Michif

Carrie Gillon and Nicole Rosen


Michif is an endangered language spoken by approximately a few hundred Métis people, mostly located in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada. Michif is usually categorized as a mixed language (Bakker 1997; Thomason 2003), due to the inability to trace it back to a single language family, with the majority of verbal elements coming from Plains Cree (Algonquian) and the majority of nominal elements coming from French (Indo-European). This book investigates Bakker’s (1997) often cited claim that the morphology of each source language is not reduced, with the language combining full French noun phrase ... More

Keywords: Michif, Métis, Plains Cree, French, Algonquian, contact languages, morphosyntax, syntax, borrowing, mixed language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795339
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carrie Gillon, author
Research Associate, University of Manitoba

Nicole Rosen, author
Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Language Interactions, University of Manitoba