Bura is an endangered language spoken in the southern part of present-day
Borno state, Nigeria. The language belongs to the Chadic branch of the
Afro-Asiatic family, whose other members are Semitic, Egyptian, Cushitic,
Omotic and Berber. This book offers a descriptive analysis of Bura verbs
and vocabulary and is the first book ever on this aspect of the language.
The book is divided into four chapters. The first discusses the
geographical location of the language, the origin of the Bura people and
the two dialects of the language: Bura and Paber. The second explores the
Bura verbal system, identifying two types of suffixes: derivatives and
inflectional suffixes. It as well examines verbal morphological processes
and the tonal system of the language, identifying two level tones, high and
low tones, and the verb syllable structure. The third chapter illustrates
the numeral system of the language, discussing the conventional ordinal,
cardinal, numerals adverb and distributive numerals, while the fourth
chapter, which concludes the book, presents the vocabulary of the language.
The authors Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu and Fibi Balami are both graduates of
General Linguistics and lecturers in the Department of Languages and
Linguistics, and General Studies (GST), University of Maiduguri-Nigeria.
This book was written during Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu’s tenure as a lecturer
in the Department of African Studies (Afrikanistik II) University of