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Title:Linguistic evidence for the influence of the Kanuri on the Hausa
Author:Greenberg, J.H.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:loan words
Hausa language
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180240
Abstract:The present study is intended both as a substantive historical contribution, and as an illustration of the possibilities and the limitation of the study of words borrowed from one language into another. The specific problems treated here arose out of certain questions raised by an earlier study of the author (Arabic Loan words in Hausa, Word 1947, no. 3, p. 85-97). Investigation of the general question of linguistic contacts between the speakers of Hausa and Kanuri showed the exixtence of borrowings from Kanuri into Hausa for a number of words of Key cultural importance. The borrowings of these terms from Kanuri into Hausa, although involving relatively few terms points to an important role for Kanuro speakers in the introduction of Islamic and other cultural features of Mediterranean origin. Footnotes.