By Hein van der Voort
This paintings incorporates 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 through round 25 buyers. till lately, our wisdom of Kwaza used to be in keeping with in simple terms 3 brief note lists, from 1938, 1943 and 1984. just like the language, the tradition and the historical past of its audio system are undocumented. The Kwaza humans as an ethnic team were decimated through expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation because touch some time past century. this is often the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon sector as a rule. Linguists count on that most of those peoples will stop to exist as targeted language groups through the coming many years. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and protection of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this appreciate, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined class, the shortcoming of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings is predicated at the author´s own fieldwork performed among 1995 and 2002, and it involves 3 components. 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 encompasses 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 typically, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.
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A Grammar of Kwaza (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by Hein van der Voort