Saturday, 29 December 2018

Personality Defines: The Hausas as Addressed by Speakers of Different Languages


Hausa is one of the fastest-growing languages in Africa as well as the most widely spoken within the West African countries. The Hausas thought mostly engage in agricultural activities and other crafts along side civil service (especially in the present days), they travel to near and far communities in search of job(s), laboring etc. for livelihood. As such, they are in constant contact with speakers of different languages across the globe. However, speakers of the various languages named the Hausas differently, mostly in association with the nature or lifestyle of the Hausas. This study is set to investigate into the various names given to the Hausas by speakers of different languages, as well as the factors considered in adapting such names. questionnaire was used as the research instrument, which was submitted to experts at the Department of Nigerian Languages...

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Department of Educational Foundations
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Phone No. 08133529736
Email Address: abuubaidasani5@gmail.com
 
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Halima Ahmad UMAR
Department of Nigerian Languages
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Phone No. 08033527690
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Abstract
Hausa is one of the fastest-growing languages in Africa as well as the most widely spoken within the West African countries. The Hausas thought mostly engage in agricultural activities and other crafts along side civil service (especially in the present days), they travel to near and far communities in search of job(s), laboring etc. for livelihood. As such, they are in constant contact with speakers of different languages across the globe. However, speakers of the various languages named the Hausas differently, mostly in association with the nature or lifestyle of the Hausas. This study is set to investigate into the various names given to the Hausas by speakers of different languages, as well as the factors considered in adapting such names. questionnaire was used as the research instrument, which was submitted to experts at the Department of Nigerian Languages, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto for validity-check, prior to its administration. The study learnt that, the factors considered by speakers of different languages in naming the Hausa include; skin color, religion, attitudes, food and dress among others. However, the researchers conclude that, naming is another means of passing judgements about individuals or groups. Therefore, an individual or group of individuals should be conscious and considerate about names associated with them, so that they change for better. The paper further suggested that, when naming an individual or group of individuals, there should be appropriateness to avoid misunderstanding and chaos.

Keywords: Hausas, Hausa Language, Name



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