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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 more

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  • Hardback | 788 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 48.26mm | 1,133.98g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English, Hausa
  • 1588110303
  • 9781588110305

Table of contents

1. List of Tables and Figures; 2. Preface; 3. Cross-Referencing, Abbreviations, Symbols and Transcription; 4. Map; 5. 1. Introduction; 6. 2. Phonology; 7. 3. Classification of Nouns; 8. 4. Simple Nouns and Adjectives: Gender and Number; 9. 5. Nominal and Adjectival Derivation; 10. 6. Tense, Aspect, Mood (TAM) System; 11. 7. Verb Grades; 12. 8. Verbal Nouns, Deverbal Nouns and Infinitives; 13. 9. Noun Phrase Syntax; 14. 10. Personal Non-Subject Pronouns; 15. 11. The Syntax of Simplex Clauses; 16. 12. Focus, Questions, Relativization and topicalization; 17. 13. Clausal Complements; 18. 14. Clausal Coordination and Subordination; 19. 15. Adverbial Functions: Adverb Phrases, Prepositional Phrases, Noun Phrases; 20. 16. Selected Texts; 21. References; 22. Indexshow more

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