Wanka Quechua

Wanka Quechua
Wanka Nunashimi
Native to Perú
Native speakers
(23,000 Shawsha Wanka cited 1962 census)[1]
250,000 Waylla Wanka (2002)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
qvw  Waylla Wanka
qxw  Shawsha (Jauja) Wanka
Glottolog jauj1237[2]

Wanka Quechua is a variety of the Quechua language, spoken in the southern part of Peruvian region of Junín by the Huancas.

Wanka Quechua belongs to Quechua I, like Ancash Quechua. It has about 300,000 speakers and three main dialects: Waylla Wanka in Huancayo and Chupaca provinces, Waycha Wanka in Concepción and Shawsha Wanka in Jauja. Rodolfo Cerrón Palomino, a native Wanka speaker, published the first Wanka grammar and dictionary in 1977.


  1. Waylla Wanka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Shawsha (Jauja) Wanka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Jauja–Huanca". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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