The sociolinguistics of indigenous languages in South America

Authored by: Serafín M. Coronel-Molina , Viviana Quintero

The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415422789
eBook ISBN: 9780203869659
Adobe ISBN: 9781135261054


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This chapter reviews some of the empirical sociolinguistic research conducted on South America’s indigenous speech communities in the past ten years. Because of the great number of sociolinguistic works on Andean indigenous speech communities and our expertise in the Andean sociolinguistic landscape, we discuss mainly research findings on the Quechua speech communities of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. However, where appropriate and relevant, we also refer to representative sociolinguistic research on other South American indigenous communities, such as the Aymara, the Mapudungu (also known as Mapuche), the Guaraní, and various Amazonian language communities.

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