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By Frederick William Hugh Migeod

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This Grammar is basically for college students who've already obtained a few wisdom of the Hausa language.

In its compilation the writer has been at pains to make the vocabulary as diverse as attainable, in order that there are few phrases in universal use that experience no longer been made use of.

All ideas, too, were absolutely illustrated, and, as regards resembling have in simple terms been just a little spotted through different writers, the writer has for choice chosen sentences from texts to which all scholars of the language have entry. during this means the lifestyles of the principles themselves is extra effectively recognised.

The starting place of the Hausa language isn't really inquired into right here, and etymologies are just sometimes tested. either one of those topics have been mentioned through the writer in his recently-published paintings, "The Languages of West Africa," and a repetition appeared slightly unnecessary.

The related statement applies to the local script, that is Arabic somewhat modified.

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Mache is never used in such a way. Mata " also means wife, as which "mataye," etc. it takes a plural, Enna matanka ? Where is your wife ? " " Where are But certainly not your women ? Mata nan suna noma ; bayi ne These women are ploughing ; they are slaves 2. Wuri " but " kurdi cowry is kurdi shell cowries commonly used meaning money or price. PART IV CASE noun for case. in English, the position of the substantive with regard to the verb decides whether it is nominative or There is no inflection of the As accusative ; and what would be the genitive, dative, ablative, or locative cases are indicated by prepositions.

The sex 1. Uba By of living things is distinguished in three different words for male and female ways : NOUN is (" 19 " that the word " male the feminine form, it is to this is added when it is necessary to indicate sex. For birds " zakara," cock, is more generally na-miji ") the used, 3. The feminine may be formed from the masculine by a different termination to the same root. The masculine but the characteristic termination may end in any vowel, " " " " a of the feminine is in the syllable ania," ia," " nia," or Anabi Ba-fulache " unia," as THE HAUSA LANGUAGE 20 Common Gender Some nouns relating to persons are of both genders.

PLURAL FEM. ), -chia Machiuchi Mafauchi machiuchia mafauchia Mahaukacbi (f ). ) sick person butcher mahaukachia makofchia mahaukata madman Makofchi (makubchi) Makaranchi Marubuchi makofta neighbour makaranchia marubuchia makaranta marubuta schoolboy Masallachi masallachia masallata Masunchi masunchia masunta praying person writer fisher THE HAUSA LANGUAGE 40 Things PLURAL MASC. and FEM. ) haukatochi karantochi sickness slaughter madness schooling sallatochi worship suntochi fishery The foregoing are examples of three meanings derived the person, the place, the action, the latter, however, being without a prefix.

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