Please join us for the launch of a new Quechua-Spanish-English Dictionary, one of the first academic Quechua dictionaries to be published in the United States. Building on well more than a decade of research, NYU Professor Odi Gonzales teamed up with Christine Mladic Janney (PhD candidate, NYU Anthropology) and Emily Thompson (MA), both CLACS alumnae and Prof. Gonzales's former students, to bring this project to fruition. Published by Hippocrene Books, this dictionary is available for purchase at all major bookstores as well as online.
Quechua is a language family indigenous to the Andean region of South America, and is spoken by at least 10 million people. It is best known as the language of the ancient Inka (Inca) empire, which was based in Cusco, Peru. Alongside Spanish, varieties of Quechua are official languages in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
This full-length dictionary was researched and compiled by Quechua at NYU Professor Odi Gonzales and CLACS Alumni Christine Mladic and Emily Fjaellen Thompson to address the paucity of written Quechua resources and includes 3 sections: English-Quechua, Spanish-Quechua, and Quechua-English-Spanish. Spanish is a logical conduit language between Quechua and English and many Quechua words are found in Peruvian Spanish.
Ideal for scholars, students and travelers, this dictionary features over 11,000 entries as well as an introduction to the Quechua language and basics of grammar.
About the presenters:
Odi Gonzales is a native Quechua speaker, researcher, translator and poet. He has published several scholarly books in the field of Latin American Literature, and many multilingual collections of poetry. He has led the Quechua language program at New York University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies since 2008. He currently lives in New York, New York, and travels frequently to Peru.
Christine Mladic Janney is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at New York University. She received a Fulbright Grant for research in Peru, a Public Humanities Fellowship to develop digital Quechua language resources, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships to study Quechua in
New York and Peru. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Emily Fjaellen Thompson earned her BA from Vassar College, where she was awarded the Burnam Fellowship and the Cornelisen Fellowship for Language and Cultural Study. She received her MA from New York University, where she was granted Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for Quechua language study in New York and Peru. She currently works at the Center for Latin American studies at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California.