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Aymara Language Recordings

Identifier: MSS 0605

Scope and Content

The collection contains 38 audio reels from the 1970s that appear to be part of a course on the Aymara language created by Martha J. Hardman, a Linguistic Anthropology professor at the University of Florida.

The audio reels contain teaching materials, such as, dialogues, exercises, reviews, and exams on the Aymara language.

A website created by Martha Hardman on an online teaching project for Aymara has also been crawled and is available through our Archive-It page.

Three volumes containing teaching manuals/guides for the projects are also included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1969-2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1969 - 1990

Language of Materials

Includes materials in English, Spanish, and Aymara.


Some media formats may only be accessed pending reformatting. Please consult with the archivist about accessing audiovisual materials.

Restrictions may apply to student exams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Aymara is one of the main languages of South America, spoken by more than two million people in the Andean region of Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. The Aymara language belongs to the Andean-Ecuadorian linguistic family, more specifically to the Jaqi linguistic group. There are three Jaqi languages: Jaqaru and Kawki, spoken only in Peru, and Aymara, spoken mainly in Bolivia and Peru.

Since the 19th century, it was believed that Jaqaru, Kawki, and the Aymara spoken on the Titicaca plateau were linguistically related. In the 1960s, Martha J. Hardman, a Linguistic Anthropologist from the University of Florida, conducted linguistic research that provided evidence for this hypothesis. Hardman was able to demonstrate that the Aymara spoken in the Titicaca Altiplano, Jaqaru, and Kawki, belong to the same linguistic family, to which she gave the name Jaqi.


1.41 Linear Feet (1 Box, 38 Reels, 1 website, 3 Volumes)


Audio reels and teaching guides that appear to be part of a course on the Aymara language created by Martha J. Hardman, a Linguistic Anthropology professor at the University of Florida.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.


Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies.

Related Materials

A Guide to the Aymara Language Recordings
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
January 2022 (Updated July 2023)
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 2023: Spanish guide added to the collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America