Hausa is a major world language, spoken as a mother tongue by more than 30 million people in northern Nigeria and southern parts of Niger, in addition to diaspora communities of traders, Muslim scholars and immigrants in urban areas of West Africa, e.g. southern Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, and the Blue Nile province of the Sudan. It is also widely spoken as a second language and has expanded rapidly as a lingua franca. Hausa is a member of the Chadic language family which, together with Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic, Berber and Ancient Egyptian, is a coordinate branch of the Afroasiatic phylum. This comprehensive reference grammar consists of sixteen chapters which together provide a detailed and up-to-date description of the core structural properties of the language in theory-neutral terms, thus guaranteeing its on-going accessibility to researchers in linguistic typology and universals.
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Phonology
Chapter 3 Classification of Nouns
Gender and Number
Chapter 5 Nominal and Adjectival Derivation
Chapter 6 Tense Aspect Mood TAM System
Chapter 7 Verb Grades
Chapter 8 Verbal Nouns Deverbal Nouns and Infinitives
Chapter 9 Noun Phrase Syntax
Chapter 10 Personal NonSubject Pronouns
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3m.IMPF adjectives adverbs allomorph Audu B-form biyu chap cikin clitic complement compound conjoined consonant constructions COP(m copula D-form dawo derived deverbal direct object disyllabic Examples express feminine final vowel Focus Perfective function geminate gender genitive gidā gown gr3a gr3b grade H tone hakā Hausa head ideophones Imperative Imperfective independent pronoun indirect initial intransitive Kano kuma lexical linker locative lsg.PF marker masculine modal morpheme morphological Musa Newman nonfinite occur overt person phrasal phrasal verbs pluractional plural posthead predicate quantifier reduplicated reflexive relative clause semantic singular speakers stative stem Subclass subject-agreement pronoun Subjunctive subordinator suffix sukā sun yi SVNs syllable syntactic tāfi TAMs tone-integrating transitive verbs typically usually verbal noun wani wannān wata