Language Policy

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 323–344

Quechua language attitudes and maintenance in Cuzco, Peru

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10993-008-9113-8

Cite this article as:
Manley, M.S. Lang Policy (2008) 7: 323. doi:10.1007/s10993-008-9113-8


This article qualitatively and quantitatively investigates the Quechua language attitudes and maintenance practices of the members of two non-profit, non-governmental agencies in Cuzco, Peru. Within their respective agency/community contexts, the members of both groups claim to have significantly more positive attitudes toward Quechua and exhibit more successful Quechua maintenance practices than have been reported for other Quechua speakers in past research. To account for this sharp contrast between the findings of this work and those of other researchers, it is argued that membership in the two agencies plays a role. Furthermore, it is suggested that the two communities described here may serve as models for the creation of other planned home/community environments for Quechua speakers undergoing language shift as well as for the speakers of other endangered languages in general. As such, this work provides two examples of micro-prestige-planning.


Language attitudesLanguage maintenanceLanguage policy and planningMicro-planningPrestige planningQuechuaRevitalization



Academy of the Quechua Language


El Centro de Apoyo Integral a la Trabajadora del Hogar, ‹Center for Integral Support of the Home Worker’


Asociación Civil ‹Gregorio Condori Mamani’ Proyecto Casa del Cargador, ‹Gregorio Condori Mamani Civil Association Carrier House Project’


Graded Intergenerational Dislocation Scale


Native language


Second language


Language policy and planning


Reversing language shift

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rowan UniversityGlassboroUSA