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 by way of round 25 buyers. until eventually lately, our wisdom of Kwaza was once in response to in simple terms 3 brief note 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 workforce were decimated by means of expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation when you consider that touch long ago century. this can be the location for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon sector as a rule. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as specified language groups in the course of the coming many years. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and renovation of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this admire, 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 contains 3 components. half I incorporates a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise assessment of its social, cultural and old context. half II features a varied choice 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 up. this entire description is of curiosity to linguists often, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.
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