A grammar of Kwaza by Hein van der Voort

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This is probably due to childbirth and improved health conditions during the past decennium. Nevertheless, it will be hard for the language to be transferred to future generations because the members of family I and II do not intermarry. Furthermore, a part of family II has now moved to the nearby town of Chupinguaia, where the Kwaza children will not get education in their native language. 7. 7. 15 Fieldwork situation and methodology Due to the previous lack of linguistic data, the present work is based almost entirely on linguistic fieldwork with native consultants.

A, or Roberto, son, born in 1971. He lives with his Aikanã wife Nazaré and their six year old son Robinson in Gleba. Their home language is Aikanã. Tawi'wi Woro'kãu, or José, son, born in 1976. He has recently married with a Sabanê woman and lives in Gleba. i, or Carlos, son, born in 1979. He has recently married with an Aikanã woman and lives in Gleba. The children of Mario and Raimunda speak Aikanã as their mother’s tongue. They understand Kwaza, which they have learnt from their grandmother Maria Edite, but their active command of the language seems to be limited.

Makytxa, who died in 1985 at the approximate age of 83, brought up many Kwaza, including Maria Edite. She is said to have been one of the most knowledgeable persons of the Kwaza culture. Antonhão was married to the Kwaza Ko'nã or Konã'xu, or Nazaré, until she died of measles in 1982 at the approximate age of 40. Besides Kwaza, Antonhão speaks some Portuguese and probably Aikanã, but I worked with him mostly through his son Zezinho. With Antonhão I recorded traditional stories and personal history.

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