European Network for the Study of Andean Languages / Red Europea para el Estudio de las Lenguas Andinas (REELA)


What is REELA?

REELA is a network of scholars engaged in research on the Amerindian languages of Andean South America (Quechua, Aymara, Uru-Chipaya and others), as well as the varieties of Spanish spoken in areas of contact with indigenous languages. The network was set up in March 2003 as the outcome of a Round Table on current Andean language research, held at the University of Bonn and convened by Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar, the late Alfredo Torero, and Rosaleen Howard. REELA's focus of interest are the indigenous Andean languages and their associated cultures covering a region stretching from southern Colombia to northwest Argentina, taking in the highlands of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, and some areas of the Andean foothills to the east. REELA members' interests include the following:

  • Descriptive linguistics of Andean languages
  • Dialectology of the Andean languages
  • Historical and comparative linguistics of Andean languages
  • Linguistic theory in relation to Andean language research
  • Contact linguistics of the Andean region
  • Oral tradition in the Andean languages
  • Written literature in the Andean languages
  • Indigenous political movements and language policy
  • Education policy for speakers of Andean languages
  • Language planning and literacy in the Andean languages
  • Philological research into colonial Andean texts
  • Ethnographic research into Andean verbal performances

Interested in joining REELA?

Membership is open to all engaged in scholarly research: you may have a record of publication in these or other relevant areas, or you may be embarked on postgraduate research. If you are interested in joining our list please contact Rosaleen Howard or Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar.

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