By Hein van der Voort
This paintings encompasses a accomplished 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. till lately, our wisdom of Kwaza was once in keeping with in basic 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 workforce were decimated via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation given that touch long ago century. this is often the placement for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon area ordinarily. Linguists anticipate that most of those peoples will stop to exist as specific language groups throughout the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and protection of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this admire, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined category, the inability of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings is predicated at the author´s own fieldwork carried out among 1995 and 2002, and it comprises 3 components. half I incorporates a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise evaluation of its social, cultural and ancient context. half II features a varied collection 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 whole description is of curiosity to linguists commonly, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.
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