Hausa

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 754 pages
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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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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Phonology
5
Chapter 3 Classification of Nouns
30
Gender and Number
48
Chapter 5 Nominal and Adjectival Derivation
91
Chapter 6 Tense Aspect Mood TAM System
148
Chapter 7 Verb Grades
212
Chapter 8 Verbal Nouns Deverbal Nouns and Infinitives
285
Chapter 11 The Syntax of Simplex Clauses
414
Chapter 12 Focus Questions Relativization and Topicalization
493
Chapter 13 Clausal Complements
545
Chapter 14 Clausal Coordination and Subordination
592
Adverb Phrases Prepositional Phrases Noun Phrases
643
Chapter 16 Selected Texts
698
References
715
INDEX
740

Chapter 9 Noun Phrase Syntax
310
Chapter 10 Personal NonSubject Pronouns
401

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