del Sol/Bolivia, 1962. During a research trip the linguist J.
C. Duenkel makes the groundbreaking discovery of a language
thought to be long dead. Fascinated by its peculiarly coarse
sound, the researcher begins to make recordings of the forgotten
idiom. Chan Chan/Peru, 1968. Duenkel takes part in archaeological
excavations in the hope of finding correspondences between words
and matter. June 1969. Peru’s military government implements
a radical land reform. Duenkel and a group of friends and colleagues
move to a deserted area in the middle of Chan Chan.
toponymic journal is dedicated to the voice and its relation
to space. At the center of the journal are the researcher
J. C. Duenkel’s notebooks – published here for
the first time – and his praxis of geophysical speech
acts. In addition, selected essays examine the historical
dimension of expansionist rhetoric, of loss of language and
The Toponymisches Heft No. 2 is also available in
a german version.
Published so far
Nr. 1 „Das Trujillo-Syndrom“ (german)
Nr. 2 „Geophysik der Stimme“ (german) / No. 2 „Geophysics of the Voice“ (english)
Nr. 3 „Seismolologie“ (german) / No.3 Seismolology (english)