By Hein van der Voort
This paintings encompasses a finished 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 through round 25 buyers. until eventually lately, our wisdom of Kwaza was once in accordance with merely 3 brief notice lists, from 1938, 1943 and 1984. just like the language, the tradition and the heritage of its audio system are undocumented. The Kwaza humans as an ethnic crew were decimated through expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation in view that touch long ago century. this is often the location for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone normally. Linguists anticipate that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as detailed language groups in the course of 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 recognize, Kwaza has represents an extremely pressing case in view of its undetermined category, the inability of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings relies at the author´s own fieldwork performed among 1995 and 2002, and it includes 3 elements. half I encompasses a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise evaluate of its social, cultural and ancient context. half II incorporates 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 in. this entire description is of curiosity to linguists normally, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.
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