Frank Salomon is Associate Professor, and Sue Grosboll a graduate student, in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706.
Names and Peoples in Incaic Quito: Retrieving Undocumented Historic Processes Through Anthroponymy and Statistics
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1986 American Anthropological Association
Volume 88, Issue 2, pages 387–399, June 1986
How to Cite
Salomon, F. and Grosboll, S. (1986), Names and Peoples in Incaic Quito: Retrieving Undocumented Historic Processes Through Anthroponymy and Statistics. American Anthropologist, 88: 387–399. doi: 10.1525/aa.1986.88.2.02a00060
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
When analyzed statistically, the distribution of verbal elements in some written sources, like that of objects in archeological sites, yields culture-historical data independent of artifacts' intended meaning. A 1559 case study from highland Ecuador uses personal names and their parts to detect cultural differences in aboriginal society and their changing relation to superordinate Inca culture. This can be done even with undeciphered names from an extinct language, suggesting a fortiori that the method is generalizable.