Journal article Open Access
Ennis, Juan Antonio
In the process of organization and incipient modernization of the State in Argentina after 1860, we see the appearance of some periodical publishing projects which were proposed as a place for the development of debates and research works unrelated to the disputes of the day and intended to contribute to the scientific development and the construction of a patrimonial archive for the nation. It is in one of the most outstanding among these projects, the Revista de Buenos Aires, that Vicente Fidel López publishes a series of studies whose novelty resided mainly in two main issues. On the one hand, he claimed for himself a form of authority, which modern language sciences could confer on him, and on the other he did so to postulate a common for Quechua and Indo-European languages, thus establishing a pre-Hispanic affiliation of the American peoples. This could then contribute, as patrimony and filiation, to tie the knot between language and nation for the Creole elites. The present paper attempts to present some initial lines of inquiry and research hypotheses about the context, form and scope of this peculiar and early Latin-American use of historical-comparative linguistics.