Download e-book for iPad: A Grammar of Kwaza (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by Hein van der Voort

By Hein van der Voort

This paintings encompasses 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 via round 25 buyers. till lately, our wisdom of Kwaza used to be in response to basically 3 brief notice 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 considering that touch long ago century. this is often the location for plenty of indigenous peoples of Rondônia and of the Amazon quarter commonly. Linguists anticipate that almost all of those peoples will stop to exist as certain language groups throughout the coming a long time. the current paintings is meant as a contribution to the documentation and upkeep of the languages of the Amazon basin. during this recognize, Kwaza has represents a particularly pressing case in view of its undetermined class, the inability of documentation and its endangered prestige. This paintings relies at the author´s own fieldwork carried out among 1995 and 2002, and it comprises 3 elements. half I encompasses a thorough description of the phonology and morphosyntax of the language and a concise assessment of its social, cultural and historic context. half II incorporates a assorted 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 sign up. this entire description is of curiosity to linguists generally, students of South American languages specifically, and anthropologists and historians drawn to the Guaporé region.

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