Course Watch: Indigenous Language To Be Offered at NYU

A class on the second most widely spoken indigenous language in South America, Quechua, will be offered to undergraduate and graduate students at New York University this fall through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Spanish Department. Peruvian poet and language lecturer Odi Gonzales will be teaching the course, which will be the first of a four-semester sequence of Quechua.

From Argentina to Colombia, more than 10 million people speak Quechua, as it was the principal language of the Inca Empire.

“Studying Quechua opens a window to alternative ways of thinking about social worlds, about space and time, family and humans’ relationship with the natural world,” the NYU CLACS Web site states.

Taking a class on Quechua is recommended for students interested in linguistics, indigenous cultures and in traveling to the Andean region. In recent years, the language has re-emerged as movements to preserve indigenous heritage and embrace cultural diversity have swept through national politics in South America.

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