By Hein van der Voort
This paintings incorporates a complete description of Kwaza, that's 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 was once in line with basically 3 brief observe 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 via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation seeing that touch some time past century. this is often the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone generally. Linguists anticipate that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as unique language groups in the course of the coming many years. 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 type, the shortcoming 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 incorporates a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise review of its social, cultural and historic context. half II incorporates a different 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 ordinarily, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.
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