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 recognized within the literature as Koaiá, is spoken by means of round 25 buyers. until eventually lately, our wisdom of Kwaza used to be in response to in basic terms 3 brief note 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 workforce were decimated by way of expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation seeing that touch some time past century. this can be the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone ordinarily. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as particular language groups through the coming many years. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and renovation of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this appreciate, Kwaza has represents an extremely pressing case in view of its undetermined class, the inability of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings relies at the author´s own fieldwork performed among 1995 and 2002, and it contains 3 elements. half I encompasses a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise review of its social, cultural and ancient context. half II includes a varied choice 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 in. this entire description is of curiosity to linguists generally, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.
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