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Hausa articles at SOAS’ Online Research Repository

SOAS’ Online Research Repository offers “An open access collection of research papers from the School of Oriental and African Studies”. Records may be browsed and searched for by Title/Abstract/Keywords, Authors/Editors and Date. An Advanced Search gives even more options.

I did a simple search for papers on Hausa and was given the following results:

These papers can be downloaded as PDF-files.

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More African language materials for download

From time to time I come across websites which offer dictionaries, reference grammars and other materials in African languages for (free) download. Here are my latest finds:

  • Jennifer’s Page of Links: African languages
  • A web of online grammars
  • Harald Hammarström’s collection of stolen .pdf reference grammars. Harald Hammarström wrote this: “I put these grammars here for people who don’t have access to a well-stacked library or good personal connections yet want to learn more about the languages of the world.”

If you know about other places where one can find more such things I would be grateful to read about it. Write a comment

Hausa Online Materials at Vienna University

Franz Stoiber has been teaching Hausa for many years at the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna. He has produced a number of online materials (in German), including:

There is other linguistics stuff, and some photographs, too. Check out what is there!

Web resources for African languages

Web resources for African languages is a private website by Jouni F. Maho. Here is the statement of purpose for this website:

The main purpose of this site is to offer easy access to online materials that deal with African languages and linguistics. Particular emphasis is put on materials that contain descriptive/structural data, though not exclusively so. In short, this site collects links to other sites hosting free stuff, be they downloadable files (of any format), web-readable texts, searchable databases, or whatever. Links to commercial enterprises won’t be added, as a rule.

As promised, the site has a large number of links, including links to Hausa materials. These include:

  • Dictionaries, word lists, etc.
  • Learners’ materials, grammar introductions, etc.
  • Pronunciation, phonetics, phonology, prosody
  • Studies in grammar and lexicon
  • General, miscellaneous, unsorted

This website should be added to your bookmarks immediately.

UCLA Hausa Home Page

The UCLA Hausa Home Page has been developed by Russell G. Schuh. It contains:

  • general information on the Hausa language and its speakers
  • links to other Hausa references
  • information on the Hausa sound system and and writing Hausa
  • an online Hausa grammar
  • a few examples of Hausa greetings and asking questions in Hausa

There is also a link to Hausar Baka, a video course which is available on video tape or CD.

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.