By Hein van der Voort
This paintings includes a entire 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 line with merely 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 staff were decimated via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation in view that touch long ago century. this can be the placement for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon sector as a rule. Linguists anticipate that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as exact language groups throughout 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 appreciate, Kwaza has represents an extremely pressing case in view of its undetermined class, the inability of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings is predicated at the author´s own fieldwork performed 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 review of its social, cultural and old context. half II features a diversified 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 check in. this whole description is of curiosity to linguists mostly, 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