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The article discusses the current status of the Quechua language in central highland Peru, where the Quechua 'I' (Torero) dialects are spoken. This dialect grouping is mutually unintelligible with the southern Peruvian dialects of Cuzco and Bolivia (Quechua 'II'), historically associated with the hegemony of the Inca Empire. The historical context combines with the contemporary social and political situation, to trigger low social status for Quechua and massive language shift to Spanish among speakers. The study is based on primary field data, using a qualitative methodology, and considers the case in the light of theory of language shift and language maintenance in sociology of language.
Author(s): Howard R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Language
ISSN (print): 0165-2516
ISSN (electronic): 1613-3668
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
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