History and Language in the Andes

History and Language in the Andes

by P. Heggarty, A. Pearce
This book gathers ground-breaking, explicitly inter-disciplinary essays examining the Andean past, including history, languages, anthropology, and ethnohistory.


This book gathers ground-breaking, explicitly inter-disciplinary essays examining the Andean past, including history, languages, anthropology, and ethnohistory.

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"An illuminating set of readings that shines a bright light onto the cultural and social history of language use - both spoken and written - in the Andes, from the Spanish conquest of the Incas, through the turbulence of the Colonial era and down to the present day. The book succeeds by liberating the study of languages (primarily Quechua, Aymara, and Spanish) from the formalism of linguistics and the constraints of academic history. In the process, the authors show how the performance and interaction of Native and European languages played a vital, creative, and transformative role in the formation of the Andean nations." - Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, Harvard University, USA

"In bridging history, linguistics, and anthropology, this fine volume breaks new ground. It should now be unthinkable that scholars probe the impact of the Spanish Conquest, the legacy of the Incas, and the state of the contemporary Andes without considering language. The atomized fields of Andean Studies have finally converged, with Quechua at the center." - Charles Walker, University of California, USA

"This volume provides a long-awaited real dialogue between linguists and historians of the Andes. The collection's approach makes it clear that the study of history and the study of language complement each other, with each discipline illuminating the questions the other raises." - Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino, professor of Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

"Paul Heggarty and Adrian Pearce are to be applauded for bringing together linguists and (ethno)historians to help understand the complex multilingual dynamics of post-Conquest Andean society. In addition to their own expert contributions, there are papers by some of the best scholars in this fascinating field of inquiry." - Pieter Muysken, Radboud University Nijmegen

"This volume makes a strong case for cross-disciplinary cooperation in order to progress in understanding the Andean past, zeroing in on the problem that scholars in this area tend not to cooperate with scholars of other disciplines and do not take the findings from other fields into account. The book's chapters, from eminent Andean historians and linguists, go a good distance towards solving this problem and exemplify the value of cross-disciplinary perspectives, bringing forth new understanding of the Andean past in the process." - Lyle Campbell, Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai'i Manoa

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Palgrave Macmillan US
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Studies of the Americas Series
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5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Heggarty is a Researcher in the Linguistics Department of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His focus is on language history and prehistory, aiming to ensure that the perspective from linguistics is better understood outside that field, to contribute towards a more coherent, cross-disciplinary vision of the human past. Within interests that range worldwide, his specialism is in the indigenous languages of the Andes, particularly the divergence history of the Quechua and Aymara families. He was the lead convener of the series of interdisciplinary conferences on the Andean past that led to this volume, and its companion on the pre-Columbian period, Archaeology and Language in the Andes, co-edited with Andean archaeologist David Beresford-Jones.
Adrian J. Pearce teaches at King's College, London, in the Departments of History and Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. He is a historian of Latin America, with research interests principally in the political, economic and cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He was co-organiser, with Paul Heggarty, of the symposium in which this volume originated, held at the Institute for the Study of the Americas in London in September 2008. He is currently completing a book on Spanish imperial policies in the viceroyalty of Peru during the early eighteenth century, while his new project looks at the phenomenon of reindigenisation in the nineteenth-century Andes.

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