- Some Cholón discourse particles and Quechua homologues
- Book title
- Lenguas indígenas de América: morfología y sintaxis
- Pages (from-to)
- Number of pages
- Caracas: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello; Mercantil
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- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
Cholón belongs to a small language family. It was spoken in North Peru in the valley of the Huallaga River. Cholón is an agglutinative SOV language, and it has, amongst other things, some twenty interesting, suffixed discourse particles: adverbial markers, emphasis markers, exclamation markers, question markers, speech markers, a topic marker, vocative markers. Quechua is the name of a large language family. It is spoken in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, North Argentina and North Chile. Quechua also has a large number of suffixed discourse markers, including question markers, speech markers, and a topic marker.
In the present article we discuss a certain number of the Cholón discourse particles: three speech markers, three question markers and one topic marker, and we compare these particles with Quechua homologues. Cholón and Quechua speakers namely had frequent contacts with each other and Cholón has many borrowings from Quechua. Therefore, it is not unlikely that some of the Cholón discourse markers may have been used similarly as their Quechua counterparts, and that a few Cholón markers may have been borrowed from Quechua.
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