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Title: Specimens of Hausa Literature
Written By: Charles Henry Robinson
Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

Hausa is an African language originating in Niger and northern Nigeria and
spoken widely in West and Central Africa as a trading language. This
anthology of Hausa texts (mainly Islamic religious verse and historical
narratives) was the first publication supported by the short-lived Hausa
Association, formed in 1891 to promote the study of the Hausa language and
people. Under its aegis the Reverend C. H. Robinson went on to produce a
ausa Grammar in 1897 and a Dictionary in 1899, making great advances in
Western knowledge of the language, despite the fact that some in the field
criticised him for his relatively short exposure to Hausa-speaking
countries. With facsimile reproductions of the manuscripts at actual size,
the texts collected in this book were the first published specimens of
Hausa writing. Each text is transcribed into in roman script and an English
translation is given on facing pages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Hausa
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108013253
Pages: 244
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99