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Title :

A typological sketch of Hausa

Authors :

Abubakar Atiku Alkali

Abstract This paper presents a typological account of Hausa, an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in sub-Saharan Africa. It addresses word order, relative clauses, order of prepositions, head and dependent marking, information structure, case-marking; and verb fronting, making in most cases, a comparison with languages that exhibit similar features. There does not seem to be a consensus as to whether Hausa is a head or dependent-marking language. Although some accounts propose that the language has a case system, this paper argues for a head-marking analysis. However, further research is called for in these areas.