Cajamarca Quechua (Kashamarka qichwa)

Cajamarca Quechua is a Quechua language spoken by about 30,000 people in northwest of Peru, particularly in the districts of Cajamarca, Baños del Inca and Chetilla in the province of Cajamarca. It is considered severely endangered as very few children are learning it.

Cajamarca Quechua is also known Kichwa, Kichwa Lingwa, Lingwa, Linwa, Quechua de Cajamarca, Quechua Cajamarquino, Kashamarka Runashimi or Kashamarka qichwa. It is closely related to Lambayeque Quechua and Pacaraos Quechua.

There are several ways to write Cajamarca Quechua with the Latin alphabet. A grammar and dictionary of Cajamarca Quechua were published in 1976, and a Cajamarca Quechua translation of the New Testament was published in 2005.

Cajamarca Quechua alphabet

Cajamarca Quechua alphabet


The letters b, d, e, g and o are used in Spanish loanwords.

Download an alphabet chart for Cajamarca Quechua (Excel)

Details of the Cajamarca Quechua alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Yumbay ollqokuna, warmikuna pullalla kashun leyninchiqkunawan. Manam ni pipapis kriyadunchu kanchiqllapa. Suqninchiq, suqninchiq atinchiqllapa yuyayta "imam alli, imam mana allichu" nishpa. Chayshina kaptin, shumaqta tiyashunllapa suq ayllushinalla.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about Cajamarca Quechua

Quechuan languages

Ambo-Pasco Quechua, Ancash Quechua, Ayacucho Quechua, Cajamarca Quechua, Classical Quechua, Cuzco Quechua, Huallaga Quechua, Huaylla Wanca Quechua, Kichwa, Santiagueño Quechua, South Bolivian Quechua

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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