Though variations of the dialect can no doubt still be heard in communities scattered throughout the woodlands west of Hudson Bay, the term "Bungi" - in conjunction with the dialect and those who spoke it - is restricted to the Red River area. The word Bungi itself is probably of Ojibwa origins, ie, from panki, meaning "a little" or "a portion of something." Some Cree elements appear in the sentence patterns and sound structures of Bungi, eg, the interchangeable use of "s" and "sh." The vocabulary includes Cree, Scots, Gaelic and French words and expressions; and the Scots influence is further reflected in the accent and "lilt" of Bungi speech. Some of these features persist in the dialect still spoken by some older residents. Bungi is currently spoken by only a handful of people, likely the descendants of the Hudson's Bay Co fur traders.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Blain, Eleanor M.. "Bungi". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 17 March 2017, Historica Canada. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bungee. Accessed 14 November 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Blain, E., Bungi (2017). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bungee
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Blain, Eleanor M., "Bungi". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published June 16, 2008; Last Edited March 17, 2017. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bungee
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Blain, Eleanor M.. The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Bungi", Last Edited March 17, 2017, https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bungee
|Article by||Eleanor M. Blain|
|Published Online||June 16, 2008|
|Last Edited||December 14, 2013|