Last modified on February 23, 2009, at 16:17


Quechua is a Native American language of South America. It was spoken by the Incas[1] 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.[2]

An interesting aspect of Quechua is that it uses a three-vowel system, omitting "e" and "o".[3] 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.[4] The language also includes question particles.[5]


  1. Introduction to the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (Origins: History up to the European Conquest)
  2. Popular (and damaging) Myths about Quechua (Did Quechua Come from the Incas?)
  3. A few words on Quechua
  4. The Language Construction Kit - "Is your language inflecting, agglutinating, or isolating?"
  5. The Language Construction Kit - "How do you form yes-no questions?"