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Amazonian Kichwa Language


Linguistics research on Kichwa at Iyarina/Andes and Amazon Field School


Muysken, Pieter.  El Kichwa Ecuatoriano: Orígenes, Riqueza, Contactos.  Quito:                      Ediciones Abya-Yala, 2019.

Nuckolls, Janis. Quechuarealwords: An audiovisual corpus of expressive Quechua                             ideophones.

           Quechua Real Words is a site dedicated to an appreciation and study of real               words that, by their nature, are difficult to define within a traditional                             dictionary. 


Nuckolls, Janis B., Joseph Stanley, Elizabeth Nielsen, and Rosanna Hopper. “The systematic 

          stretching and contracting of ideophonic phonology in Pastaza Quichua.”                                International Journal of American Linguistics 82, no. 1 (January 2016): 95-116.              


Janis B. Nuckolls and Swanson, Tod D. (2014). "Earthy Concreteness and Anti-                                     Hypotheticalism in Amazonian Quichua Discourse," Tipití: Journal of the Society for               the Anthropology of Lowland South America: Vol. 12: Iss. 1, Article 4, 48-60.  , guest               edited by Norm Whitten Jr. and Michael Uzendoski.                                                             


Swanson, Tod and Reddekop, Jarrad. “Looking Like the Land: Beauty and Aesthetics in 

          Amazonian Quichua Philosophy and Practice”. Journal of the American Academy of 

          Religion, Volume 85, Issue 3, Pages 682–708 2017.                                                                

"Speakers of Amazonian Quichua number in the tens of thousands. Although their language is related to Highland Ecuadorian Quichua they are not migrants from the Andes nor do they share much with Andean culture. Rather, they represent diverse cultural and ethnic groups who underwent language shift to Quichua. Their memories, myths, and ancestor tales inevitably take them downriver and to the east, the direction in which their major rivers flow. Some people refer to their eastward origins with the term sapi which can be translated as ‘root’, ‘beginning’, and metaphorically implies ‘origin’."   From Janis Nuckolls and Tod Swanson, Amazonian Quichua Language and Life.


FLAS Fellowship Eligible Kichwa Courses


Syllabus: Beginning Kichwa  2021

Syllabus:  Intermediate/Advanced Amazonian Kichwa 

Text Book: Janis B. Nuckolls and Tod D. Swanson, Amazonian Quichua Language and Life: Introduction to Grammar, Ecology, and Discourse. Lexington Press, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2020.  

Language Learning Resource in Quizlet and PowerPoint

Vocabulary (in Quizlet)

Amazonian Kichwa Songs

Blanca Muratorio,  Rucu Yaya Alonso y la Historia Social y Económico del Alto Rio Napo 1850-1950

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