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Quechua languages

Post  fearlove on Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:22 pm

Quechua (endonym: Runa Simi) is a Native South American language family and dialect cluster spoken primarily in the Andes of South America, derived from an original common ancestor language, Proto-Quechua. It is the most widely spoken language family of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a total of probably some 8 to 10 million speakers (estimates vary widely).[1] At the time of the conquest, the Incans referred to their language as "runasimi", only later to be mistakenly called quechua by conquistadores. Many contemporary Andean Quechua speakers still call it 'runasimi' (or regional variants thereof), literally 'people speech', although 'runa' here has the more specific sense of indigenous Andean people.

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