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Title:The historical development of medial ee and oo in Hausa
Author:Newman, PaulISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Languages and Linguistics
Geographic term:West Africa
Subject:Hausa language
Abstract:In recent years a number of discoveries have been made concerning the historical development of Hausa consonants. By contrast, Hausa vowels have been terribly neglected. Schuh (1978) finally provided the impetus for the historical study of Hausa vowels as well as the essential foundation on which study can be based. While the major concern of Schuh's study is the Bole group (his 'Bole-Tangale' group), he also discusses Hausa in some detail and outlines what the Proto-Hausa vowel system is most likely to have been. This paper carries forward Schuh's work by providing a more accurate picture of the Proto-Hausa vowel system and a more detailed account of subsequent historical developments. This historical analysis also leads to a natural phono-logical explanation for morphologically conditioned cases of ablaut and vowel alternation in present-day Hausa. The central question concerns the origin and development of the vowels ee and oo in medial position. The author provides an integrated, internally consistent model to handle this question. Ref., notes.