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Title:On the Sun-Set in Hausa
Authors:Jungraithmayr, Herrmann
Munkaila, Muhammad
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Chadic languages
Hausa language
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Among the eight Hausa tenses the Completive or Perfect I or Absolute Past (the 'sun-form' or 'sun-set') stands out for its unique morphosyntactic behaviour. One may find it in two positions presented here, where no other tense would be acceptable in the language: a) as the second noun ('nomen rectum') of a genitival construction, and b) after prepositions. On an argued assumption that the sun-set was originally the absolute pronoun set in Hausa the authors precede to the hypothesis that at least as regards the languages compared in this study, there existed (in Chadic) two perfective tenses, that is a verbal one and a nominal one. App., bibliogr., notes.