"The Aymara language, one of the three most widely spoken (with Quechua and Guaraní) Indian language in South America, belongs to the Andean-Equatorial Language Family, more specifically to the Jaqi Language Group".
"Historically, the Aymara referred to themselves as "Jaqi," meaning "human beings," or as "Colla." ..."The Spanish gave the name Aymara to the language spoken by this group, which was earlier called the "language of the qollas" (the language of the altiplano people). Aymara was the name of one of the pre-Inca cultures living on the altiplano, and after 1559 the word was attributed to one of the more widespread languages in the area but spoken by ethnic groups other than the Aymara"
"More recent estimates claim that the Aymara number between two and three million, of which around half a million live in Peru (approximately 2.3 percent of the Peruvian population). The Bolivian Aymara are about 30 percent of the population. For these reasons, the Aymara tend to be linked more closely to the history of Bolivia than to that of Peru"
Escalante, Carmen. "Aymara (Language)." Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, edited by Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer, 2nd ed., vol. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008, pp. 420-421. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 18 Apr. 2017.
Grammar - Linguistics
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