Language: Kawki is an Andean language of Peru, related to the Aymara
language. Some linguists consider Kawki a dialect of Aymara or of the related language
Jaqaru, while others consider it a distinct language.
Since only a handful of fluent Kawki speakers remain today, it
is difficult to answer this question with certainty. Kawki is an
with SOV word order.
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Names: The name Kawki comes from an indigenous place name where the speakers of this language were concentrated.
In their own language, the word kawki simply means "where," so presumably this was a Spanish shortening of an originally longer
description of the area (many place names have translated meanings such as "where the river forks" or "where the cliff is.")
The name is also spelled Cauqui, Cachuy, and other ways.