Ancash Quechua

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Ancash Quechua
Huaylay, Waylay, Nunashimi
Native toPeru
Native speakers
(918,900 cited 1994–2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
qwa – Corongo
qwh – Huaylas
qxn – Norte de Conchucos
qws – Sihuas
qxo – Sur de Conchucos
qvh – Huamalíes y Norte de Dos de Mayo

Ancash Quechua, or Huaylay (Waylay), is a Quechua variety spoken in the Peruvian department of Ancash by approximately 1,000,000 people. Like Wanka Quechua, it belongs to Quechua I (according to Alfredo Torero).


The Ancash Quechua varieties belong to the Quechua I branch of the homonymous language family, belonging to a dialectal continuum extended in the central Peruvian Sierra from Ancash in the north to the provinces of Castrovirreyna and Yauyos in the south.

Some varieties bordering this continuum partially share morphological characteristics that distinguish the Ancash group from the other central Quechua, so it is difficult to establish a discrete limit. Among these nearby varieties are the Quechua of Bolognesi, Ocros and Cajatambo and that of the Alto Marañón region in the department of Huánuco.

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  1. ^ Corongo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Huaylas at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Norte de Conchucos at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Sihuas at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Sur de Conchucos at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Huamalíes y Norte de Dos de Mayo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Huaylay". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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