GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1998

Publication Source

Language, Culture and Curriculum

Volume

11

Issue

3

Start Page

390

Last Page

410

DOI

10.1080/07908319808666564

Abstract

With more than ten million speakers and numerous local and regional varieties, the unification and standardisation of Quechua/Quichua has been a complicated, politically charged, and lengthy process. In most Andean nations, great strides have been made towards unification of the language in recent decades. However, the process is far from complete, and multiple unresolved issues remain, at both national and local levels. A frequent sticking point in the process is the concern that the authenticity of the language will be lost in the move towards unification. This paper examines the potentially problematic tension between the goals of authenticity and unification. One case examines an orthographic debate which arose in the process of establishing an official orthography for Quechua at the national level in Peru. The second case study moves to the local level and concerns two indigenous communities in Saraguro in the southern Ecuadorian highlands where Spanish predominates but two Quichua varieties co-exist. The final section considers the implications of these debates and tensions for language planning and policy.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in

Hornberger, N.H. & King, K.A. (1998). Authenticity and unification in Quechua language planning. Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 11(3), 390-410.

Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07908319808666564

Keywords

language planning, language revitalization, Andes, Quechua, Quichua, Peru, Ecuador

 

Date Posted: 20 November 2015

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