By Frederick William Hugh Migeod
Excerpt from A Grammar of the Hausa Language
This Grammar is basically for college kids 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 various as attainable, in order that there are few phrases in universal use that experience now not been made use of.
All ideas, too, were absolutely illustrated, and, as regards akin to have purely been 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 manner the lifestyles of the foundations themselves is extra effortlessly 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 topics have been mentioned via the writer in his recently-published paintings, "The Languages of West Africa," and a repetition appeared a bit unnecessary.
The similar remark applies to the local script, that is Arabic a little modified.
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And some nouns Use of Plural Terminations. TERMINATION TO UNBROKEN STEM INANIMATE THINGS AND ABSTRACT NOUNS ai common una used common used common not used not used used not used used common rare rare very found more frequently than je" but not so commonly used as other terminations used used used (-)o(-)i ki wa u Jc common ' ye ni Other plural terminations occasionally met with are " a," and i," and other variations. Accent the accent ai falls una on ai last syllable u as a rule, but sometimes on the antepenultimate syllable SIMPLE NOUNS (The form in common Persons MASC.
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. It is under prepositions, therefore, that this subject is in reality treated.
In the chapter on the adjective it will, however, be seen that Hausa does not fall in with these languages beyond having the preference for the singular form over the plural similar form, and in this respect it lies closer to European languages in its construction. It is only in very correct Hausa, indeed it might be called pedantic, for the noun to be put into the plural form when there are qualifying words. When the noun stands alone it must of course be put in the plural number to complete the sense.
A grammar of the Hausa language by Frederick William Hugh Migeod