Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 17:18:55 -0500 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: Mobelian (sp?) It's Mobilian Jargon, and it was not slang at all but rather a kind of pidgin formed from several southern U.S. Indian languages and used for intertribal trade. White traders and settlers picked it up and used it to some extent, but it was primarily used intertribally. The linguist who's worked on it extensively is Emmanuel Drechsel, who's now at the U. of Hawaii. His dissertation has just been published, by Oxford UP.