By Hein van der Voort

This paintings encompasses a complete description of Kwaza, that's 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 was once in response to merely 3 brief be aware 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 workforce were decimated by means of expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation when you consider that touch some time past century. this can be the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone typically. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as certain language groups through the coming many years. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and maintenance of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this recognize, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined type, the shortcoming of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings is predicated at the author´s own fieldwork carried out among 1995 and 2002, and it involves 3 components. half I incorporates a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise review of its social, cultural and old context. half II incorporates a various 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 check in. this whole description is of curiosity to linguists as a rule, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.

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