Hein van der Voort's A Grammar of Kwaza (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) PDF

By Hein van der Voort

This paintings includes a accomplished 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 by means of round 25 buyers. till lately, our wisdom of Kwaza used to be according to simply 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 workforce were decimated via expanding ecological, actual, social and cultural strain from Western civilisation seeing that touch some time past century. this can be the placement for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon sector often. Linguists count on that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as detailed language groups in the course of the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and renovation of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this appreciate, Kwaza has represents an extremely 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 carried out 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 historic context. half II features a assorted collection 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 whole description is of curiosity to linguists ordinarily, students of South American languages particularly, and anthropologists and historians attracted to the Guaporé region.

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