Review of Jaggar 2001

Philip J. Jaggar. 2001. Hausa. London Oriental and African Languages Library, Volume 7. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. xxxiv, 754 pp.

The following is an excerpt of my review of this book, which appeared as Linguist List 13-664:

The benefit of this reference grammar of Hausa by Philip J. Jaggar, a long-time lecturer of Hausa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, lies not so much in presenting new facts about Hausa, but rather in displaying the structural and functional characteristics of Hausa in a comprehensive and instructive manner, using theory-neutral terms.(…) The book is well-designed and very readable. It may be a bit too advanced for a beginning student of Hausa, but intermediate and advanced students and anyone who wants to get a thorough knowledge of Hausa will find it extremely helpful and worth buying, despite its high price.

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