Language contact across the Andes: The case of Mochica and Hibito-Cholón

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This paper proposes a case for language contact between two genetically unrelated and extinct Andean language groups: Mochica, which was spoken on the northern coast of Peru, and Hibito and Cholón, which were spoken in the Peruvian northern eastern slopes. The analysis offers evidence of both lexical items and morphological structures that support the hypothesis of contact between these languages. After examining possible contexts of interaction, this paper concludes that the correspondences may have been a consequence of language contact associated with intercultural exchange and trade. This study argues for the value of the possible external relations between Mochica and other languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Contact and Change in Mesoamerica and Beyond
EditorsKaren Dakin, Claudia Parodi, Natalie Operstein
Number of pages15
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date30.06.2017
Pages 320–334
ISBN (Print)9789027259509
ISBN (Electronic)9789027265715
Publication statusPublished - 30.06.2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameStudies in Language Companion Series 185
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • 612,1 Languages
  • Mochica
  • language contact
  • extinct language

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • Not applicable


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