By Hein van der Voort
This paintings incorporates a entire description of Kwaza, that's an endangered and unclassified indigenous language of Southern Rondônia, Brazil. The Kwaza language, additionally identified within the literature as Koaiá, is spoken via round 25 buyers. till lately, our wisdom of Kwaza was once in keeping with in simple terms 3 brief be aware lists, from 1938, 1943 and 1984. just like the language, the tradition and the background of its audio system are undocumented. The Kwaza humans as an ethnic team were decimated through expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation due to the fact touch some time past century. this is often the location for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone mostly. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as targeted language groups throughout the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and renovation of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this recognize, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined class, 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 comprises 3 components. half I includes a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise assessment of its social, cultural and historic context. half II features a varied 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 check in. this entire description is of curiosity to linguists more often than not, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.
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