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Archaeology and Language in the Andes$
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Paul Heggarty and David Beresford-Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265031

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265031.001.0001

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How did Quechua Reach Ecuador?

How did Quechua Reach Ecuador?

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(p.344) (p.345) 14 How did Quechua Reach Ecuador?
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Archaeology and Language in the Andes
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ANNE MARIE HOCQUENGHEM

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265031.003.0014

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

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