By Hein van der Voort

This paintings incorporates a finished 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 used to be in response to merely 3 brief be aware lists, from 1938, 1943 and 1984. just like the language, the tradition and the background of its audio system are undocumented. The Kwaza humans as an ethnic crew were decimated by way of expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation due to the fact that touch long ago century. this can be the location for lots of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon zone mostly. Linguists count on that most of those peoples will stop to exist as unique language groups in the course of the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and maintenance of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this appreciate, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined category, the shortcoming of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings relies at the author´s own fieldwork performed among 1995 and 2002, and it involves 3 elements. half I encompasses a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise review of its social, cultural and old 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 whole description is of curiosity to linguists quite often, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.

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