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Hausa As A Process In Time And Space

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Hausaland comprises a remarkably extensive area containing a very substantial population. A mere glance at a language-distribution map brings out this phenomenon of size: spatially as well as demographically Hausa contrasts overwhelmingly with the myriad of separate tongues spoken by the communities characterising Nigerias middle belt. The evidence of comparative linguistics, notably the position of Hausa within the Chadic language-family of which it is, conspicuously, the most westerly representative, strongly suggests, prima facie, that the Hausa language expanded from east to west along the savanna zone. A different linguistic explanation, based on study of existing Hausa dialects, would indicate a direction of expansion from west to east. These conflicting arguments deriving from linguistics bear on the different models of the Hausaisation process. This chapter addresses these opposed models and approaches.

Keywords: Hausaisation process; Nigeria



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