New Mochica and the challenge of reviving an extinct language

Rita Eloranta, Angela Bartens

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In this paper, we discuss New Mochica as an example of language revival. New Mochica is definitely not the Mochica of the colonial or republican epoch of present-day Peru and the continuity of an already extinct language can be questioned. Van Coetsem’s (1988, 2000) framework of language contact explains why the contribution of the language revivalists’ dominant language, Spanish, has such a powerful impact on New Mochica, eradicating the central typological features of Mochica. On the other hand, the groups of language revivalists presented in this paper explore the linguistic resources at hand in creative ways. Based on this case study, we propose that language revival should be studied as distinct from language revitalization (cf. Zuckermann & Walsh, 2011), yet as related to overall processes of language making (Hüning & Krämer, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVariation and Evolution : Aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking world
EditorsSandro Sessarego, Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana, Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9789027207388
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260895
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)2213-3887


  • 612,1 Languages
  • language revival
  • Mochica language
  • northern Peru
  • hybrid languages


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