Quechua is a Native American language of South America. It was spoken by the Incas and still survives in areas that were inhabited by the Incas, including Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia. However, it should be noted that the language predates the Incas by centuries.
An interesting aspect of Quechua is that it uses a three-vowel system, omitting "e" and "o". The grammar is mainly isolating, making it typologically similar to Chinese. The exception is for mood and aspect, which are typically marked by adjectival inflection. The language also includes question particles.
- Introduction to the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (Origins: History up to the European Conquest)
- Popular (and damaging) Myths about Quechua (Did Quechua Come from the Incas?)
- A few words on Quechua
- The Language Construction Kit - "Is your language inflecting, agglutinating, or isolating?"
- The Language Construction Kit - "How do you form yes-no questions?"