Huaylas Quechua

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Huaylas Quechua
Nunashimi , Qichwa
Native toPerú
Native speakers
340,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3qwh
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Huaylas quechua in Ancash

Huaylas Quechua is an Ancash Quechua dialect spoken in the Callejón de Huaylas and in the western slope of the Cordillera Negra.

The main peculiarities of this variety are phonetic. In Quechua Ancash-Huailas a phenomenon of monophthongation of syllables with semiconsonants in coda is present: "aw" is often pronounced as [o:] elongated, likewise "ay" as [e:]. For example, 'awmi' is pronounced [o: mi], chawpi (center) [t͡ʃo: pi] and aywan (walks) as [e: wan]. In grammatical terms, Huaylas lacks the suffix -ski .


  • Menacho López, Leonel Alexander (2005). Yachakuqkunapa Shimi Qullqa: Anqash Qichwa Shimichaw. Lima: Ministerio de Educación de Perú. ISBN 9972-881-30-X.


  1. ^ Quechua, Huaylas Ancash at Ethnologue (20th ed., 2017)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Huaylas Ancash Quechua". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.