Cajamarca Quechua


  • Language: Cajamarca Quechua
  • Alternate names: Quechua, Cajamarca, Cajamarca Quechua, Cajamarca Kechua,
  • Language code: qvc
  • Language family: Quechuan, Peripheral Quechua, Yungay, Northern (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: 30,000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
  • Script: Latin script.

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    The question of how to distinguish between entities that are dialects of a single language vs. those that are separate languages is particularly serious in the case of Quechuan languages and dialects, and much work remains to be done. Though it is well-known and very clear that there are a number of distinct languages in the Quechuan complex, some very distinct, the tendency to consider them all merely dialects of “Quechua” persists in many circles. (Cerrón-Palomino 1987)This is one of the most archaic varieties of Quechua II. (Willem Adelaar personal communication)