LINGUIST List 13.3060

Fri Nov 22 2002

Qs: Masallachi, Summary Evaluation

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  1. Dr. Gabor Korvin, masallachi
  2. Iraide Zipitria Leanizbarrutia, Summary Evaluation

Message 1: masallachi

Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 10:47:52 +0300
From: Dr. Gabor Korvin <>
Subject: masallachi

Dear Colleagues,

Anybody can help me with the following problem:

I am studying the Spread of Islam, and one of the techniques I use is
analysis of the Arabic loanwords in the languages of people who came
in contact with Islam. It has come to my attention that while in most
languages of the world the word "mosque" is derived from the Arabic
masjid ( from s j d prostrate; masjid place for prostration); in the
Hausa and some other African languages "mosque" is called masallachi
which comes from the Arabic root S l u ( to pray). In present-day
Arabic usage masalla means an unofficial, small, temporary praying
place, like a room allocated for prayer at a University. My question
is: could any of you please give me references on when and why and how
"masallachi" came to the Hausa language instead of a loanword derived
from masjid?

Many thanks and best regards

Dr Gabor Korvin 

Mail Box 1157
King Fahd University 
Dhahran 31261 
Saudi Arabia

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Message 2: Summary Evaluation

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:01:51 +0100 (MET)
From: Iraide Zipitria Leanizbarrutia <>
Subject: Summary Evaluation


I am PhD student interested in discourse analysis and more
specifically in summary evaluation. I have already done some reading
on the topic -W. Kintsch & T. Van Dijk(1978,1978) and Carol A
Sherrard(1985, 1989)- but I would like to know if there is some more
research in this area.

Thanks a lot.


Iraide Zipitria
PhD student
Language and Information Systems(LSI)
Computer Engineering Faculty
The University of the Basque Country
Paseo de Manuel Lardiz´┐Żbal, 1
20018 Donostia (Spain)
Tel. (+34)943015111
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