By Hein van der Voort
This paintings features a accomplished description of Kwaza, that is 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 used to be in response to purely 3 brief be aware 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 team were decimated via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation because touch some time past century. this can be the location for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone commonly. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as precise language groups throughout the coming a long time. 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 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 includes 3 components. half I features a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise evaluate of its social, cultural and historic context. half II encompasses a various 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 normally, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.
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