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Actitudes hacia el quechua: Estudio sociolingüístico de actitudes a universitarios peruanos
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Spanish.
2015 (Spanish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Quechua, or also known as Runasimi "people´s language", was a language of the Inca empire which was abused by the Spanish colonization in the 15th century; since then, the Quechua language has gone through a process of extinction according to recent sources. Geographically, Quechua is still spoken in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina having the major amount of speakers in Peru.

The aim of this thesis is to compose a sociolinguistic investigation about attitudes towards Quechua, one of the many peruvian varieties that has been included in the language endangerment project pronounced by UNESCO (2010). In this study, we have analized Quechua´s vitality through two groups of Peruvian students who belong to two universities with different economic prestige in Peru. In the the first part of the thesis we will analyze the external setting as history, political, social and educational factors that might have had influence on the current situation of the declining of Quechua language; in the second part, the results from the empirical study carried out regarding the attitude towards Quechua will be presented. For the empirical research, a direct method was chosen that consisted of the use of Likert items and attitude scales of measurement. The dimensions measured in this thesis are solidarity and status. Finally, the results will be compared within the categories of gender and economic context.

The results indicate that the informants seem to have a positive attitudes towards Quechua, but the attitudes might differ depending on the gender and economic context. Women at both universities show higher levels of solidarity attitudes than men. Finally, the group of informants with high economic prestige show higher levels of attitudes in the status dimension; in contrast, the other group show more positive attitudes within the solidarity dimension.

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Keyword [en]
Quechua, attitudes, language endangerment, sociolinguistic study, Peru.
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21118OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21118DiVA: diva2:905917
Available from: 2016-02-23 Created: 2016-02-23

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