How did Quechua Reach Ecuador?


in Archaeology and Language in the Andes

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265031
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754142 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

How did Quechua Reach Ecuador?

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The question of the antiquity of Quechua in Ecuador and how it arrived there remains a matter of debate among linguists. This chapter attempts, from an ethnohistorical and archaeological perspective, to disprove the theory of a pre-Inca seaborne spread from the southern coast of Peru, proposed by the linguist Alfredo Torero in El quechua y la historia social andina (1974). Rather, it supports a spread by land during the period of Inca rule.

Keywords: antiquity; Inca rule; Alfredo Torero; Quechua

Chapter.  11233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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