LINGUIST List 13.347

Fri Feb 8 2002

Books: African Languages

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  1. Paul Peranteau, African Languages: Hausa

Message 1: African Languages: Hausa

Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 15:27:34 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: African Languages: Hausa

John Benjamins Publishing presents a new grammar of Hausa:

Philip J. Jaggar (SOAS, London)

London Oriental and African Language Library,7
2001. xxxiv,754 pp. Hardcover.
US & Canada: 1 58811 030 3 USD 182.00
Rest of world: 90 272 3807 3 EUR 200.00

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.

John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Offices:	Philadelphia:			Amsterdam:
Phone: +215 836-1200 +31 20 6304747
Fax: +215 836-1204 +31 20 6739773 
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