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Message 1: Specimens of Hausa Literature: Robinson
Date: 11-Aug-2010
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Subject: Specimens of Hausa Literature: Robinson
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Title: Specimens of Hausa Literature Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Charles Henry Robinson Paperback: ISBN: 9781108013253 Pages: 244 Price: U.K. £ 14.99

Hausa is an African language originating in Niger and northern Nigeria andspoken widely in West and Central Africa as a trading language. Thisanthology of Hausa texts (mainly Islamic religious verse and historicalnarratives) was the first publication supported by the short-lived HausaAssociation, formed in 1891 to promote the study of the Hausa language andpeople. Under its aegis the Reverend C. H. Robinson went on to produce aausa Grammar in 1897 and a Dictionary in 1899, making great advances inWestern knowledge of the language, despite the fact that some in the fieldcriticised him for his relatively short exposure to Hausa-speakingcountries. With facsimile reproductions of the manuscripts at actual size,the texts collected in this book were the first published specimens ofHausa writing. Each text is transcribed into in roman script and an Englishtranslation is given on facing pages.


Preface;Introduction;Bibliography;Specimens of Hausa literature;List of words;Facsimiles.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Hausa (hau)
Written In: English (eng )

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