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Quechua Real Words

Linguists use the term "ideophone" to describe words that are difficult to define or translate because they are best expressed through gesture or voice. Quechua Real Words is an "anti-dictionary" dedicated to ideophones in Quechua, a language family spoken by Quechua people in the Andes Mountain region. This resource was created by Janis B. Nuckolls, a linguistics professor at Brigham Young University; Tod D. Swanson, a religious studies professor at Arizona State University; a number of student researchers; and a team of Quechua language consultants. Users can browse Quechua Real Words alphabetically or by type (sound; sound & motion; motion; other sensations). Each word is accompanied by a short definition as well as videos of Quechuan speakers so that visitors can get a full sense of how these words sound when accompanied by gestures. In addition, Quechua Real Words includes a pronunciation guide.
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