Hausa Grammar: With Exercises, Readings and Vocabulary
Charles Henry Robinson (1861-1925) was a Cambridge scholar who, during the 1890s, published several books on the language, literature and culture of the Hausa people. Hausa is an African language originating in Niger and northern Nigeria and spoken widely in West and Central Africa as a lingua franca. Published in 1897, Robinson's Grammar was written to serve the needs of missionaries, colonial staff and army officers who wished to communicate with the local people, but made no claim to be definitive or comprehensive. Until the twentieth century Hausa was written in an Arabic script, examples of which are given, while the exercise sections of the grammar are transliterated for students unfamiliar with Arabic. The vocabulary, mainly relating to agriculture, trade and domestic life, was chosen to suit the practical needs of Robinson's intended audience, and reveals much about colonial life in West Africa as well as providing linguistic information.
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abin aiki akoi allah amma anfani Arabic Arabic alphabet ba shi babu baka Berber Berber language bissa bokkoi camel changing the ﬁnal chikkin chiniki dagga daia denote diawa doki duka English enna fada feminine ﬁnished ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁve fudu gaida gani gari garin gaskia gender gidda girima giwa godia goma gudu hakka Hausa language Hausaland idan kadda kakka kaman kana Kano karatu karia kasua kawo Khartum kofa komi komo kuma kurdi kusa kwana laﬁa LESSON magana mahdi mainya massa massa modiﬁcation muna mutane mutu mutum nawa nesa noun numbers personal pronouns plural rakumi rana saﬁ salute sani sariki Semitic Semitic languages shamowa shina Specimens of Hausa substantive sufﬁx suka tafﬁ tari tashi tsoro tunda verb vowel wonan wonda woni words wuri wurin wuta yarinia yaro zaka zashi