Chachapoyas Quechua


  • Language: Chachapoyas Quechua
  • Alternate names: Amazonas Quechua, Chachapoyas, Chachapoyas Quechua, Chachapoya,
  • Language code: quk
  • Language family: Quechuan, Peripheral Quechua, Chinchay, Northern Chinchay (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: 7,000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
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    Traditional religion, Christian.

    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 divergent varieties of all of Quechua (a member of Quechua II). (Willem Adelaar personal communication)