By Frederick William Hugh Migeod
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This Grammar is basically for college students who've already got 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 now not been made use of.
All principles, too, were totally illustrated, and, as regards similar to have purely been somewhat spotted by means of different writers, the writer has for choice chosen sentences from texts to which all scholars of the language have entry. during this means the life of the foundations themselves is extra simply recognised.
The starting place of the Hausa language isn't really inquired into the following, and etymologies are just sometimes tested. either one of those matters have been mentioned via the writer in his recently-published paintings, "The Languages of West Africa," and a repetition appeared a bit of unnecessary.
The comparable statement applies to the local script, that is Arabic just a little modified.
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PLURAL In the plural there is no indication of gender at all. plural is formed in the same way" as with nouns, but "u as a termination. there is a preference for the vowel The DERIVATION Simple adjectives are those which cannot be derived from other parts of speech.
Mutum -n-mutum ( ga mutum da mutum a bainya = na mutum) man girl man of a (or the) PLURAL Nom. mutane Voc. ku mutane kai mutane man a (or the) man with a (or the) man on the road to men you men you men NOUN 45 men men to the men with men or mutane Ace. Gen. Dat. Abl. Loc. -n-mutane (na mutane) ga mutane da mutane of with the men SYNTAX OF THE CASES The nominative and accusative are used in the position in a sentence as they are in English. Mutum ya chi nama chi nama Mutane sun The man The men ate the ate the same meat meat Vocative In vocative the the unqualified noun, and " pronoun is you " precedes an distinguished for gender.
Land tax NOUNS WITHOUT A SINGULAR Nouns without a singular are rare. t Tuguai, tuguaye, taguaye twins gums USE OF SINGULAR FOR PLURAL There is a strong tendency among the Hausa people to use the singular for the plural. In this tendency they are only following the common practice of other West African languages, in which the plural suffix is an independent word or particle, and is movable to the last word in a sequence of words, it being incorrect, and indeed impossible, to affix it to more than one word.
A grammar of the Hausa language by Frederick William Hugh Migeod