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).
|Title of host publication||Variation and Evolution|
|Editors||Sandro Sessarego, Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana, Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli|
|Number of pages||20|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam/Philadelphia|
|Publication status||Published - 15.09.2020|
|MoE publication type||A3 Book chapter|
|Name||Variation and evolution, aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking workd|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
- 612,1 Languages
- language revival
- Mochica language
- northern Peru
- hybrid languages
Eloranta, R., & Bartens, A. (2020). New Mochica and the challenge of reviving an extinct language. In S. Sessarego, J. J. Colomina-Almiñana, & A. Rodríguez-Riccelli (Eds.), Variation and Evolution (Vol. 29, pp. 253-273). (Variation and evolution, aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking workd)..