By Hein van der Voort
This paintings encompasses a complete description of Kwaza, that is an endangered and unclassified indigenous language of Southern Rondônia, Brazil. The Kwaza language, additionally identified within the literature as Koaiá, is spoken by means of round 25 buyers. until eventually lately, our wisdom of Kwaza was once in response to in basic terms 3 brief be aware lists, from 1938, 1943 and 1984. just like the language, the tradition and the historical past of its audio system are undocumented. The Kwaza humans as an ethnic crew were decimated via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation for the reason that touch some time past century. this is often the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon quarter usually. Linguists anticipate that most of those peoples will stop to exist as unique language groups through the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and upkeep of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this admire, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined category, the shortcoming of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings relies at the author´s own fieldwork carried out among 1995 and 2002, and it contains 3 components. half I includes a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise review of its social, cultural and old context. half II features a assorted number of transcribed and translated texts with interlinear morphological analyses. half III is a dictionary of Kwaza, together with many examples and an English-Kwaza sign up. this whole description is of curiosity to linguists commonly, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.
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