New Publication: Topics in Chadic Linguistics X

Topics in Chadic Linguistics X – Papers from the 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, Villejuif, September 7-8, 2017, edited by Henry Tourneux and Yvonne Treis, has just appeared at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

The following papers are contained:

Paul Newman:
Russell G. Schuh – An overview of his Chadic scholarship

Umma Aliyu Musa / Esther Morgenthal / Henning Schreiber:
Less commonly documented literacy practices – Secular Hausa Ajami as situated social literacy

Sergio Baldi / Rudolf Leger:
Animal names in Hausa and Kupto – Their specific characteristics mirrored in proverbs, epithets and sayings

Gian Claudio Batic:
Verb classes and TAM system in Kushi (Nigeria)

Roger Blench:
Current research on the A3 West Chadic languages

Philippe Cassuto / Victor Porkhomovsky:
Les stratégies de traduction de l’Ancien Testament dans les trois versions haoussa de la Bible – Un problème d’interprétation ?

Emma Kuipers:
Verb classification in Mogum (Eastern Chadic)

Joseph Lovestrand:
Ideophones in Barayin

Joseph McIntyre:
Patterns of organisation in the Hausa grade system

Nina Pawlak / Joseph McIntyre:
Semantic and pragmatic motivations of gender assignment in Hausa

James Roberts / Albert Camus Soulokadi:
On ideophones in Musey

Olga Stolbova:
Lexical links between Chadic, Cushitic and Omotic languages

Henry Tourneux:
Le syntagme nominal dans le parler « kotoko » de Kousseri

Melanie Viljoen:
Gavar verb morphology


New publications on East Chadic languages

Two articles on Barayin, an East Chadic language,  have recently been published:

Also, Carsten Peust has published an article on Dangla, another East Chadic language :

I would like to remind and encourage other linguists working on Chadic languages to also send such information. Please help us keep up to date with what is going on in Chadic Linguistics by sending us information about your research, new publications, conferences etc. (Contact)

New edition of the Chadic bibliography now posted

Paul Newman is pleased to announce the publication of the 4th edition of his online, open access Comprehensive Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics, Bloomington: IUScholarWorks (2018) (Link:  This is the final version of the biblio that Newman himself will be preparing.  If corrections, updates, and additions are to be provided in the future, some other scholar(s) in the Chadic-Hausa field  with bibliographic interests and expertise will have to step forward to take on responsibility for the task. Continue reading “New edition of the Chadic bibliography now posted”

Biblio Update in Progress

Our colleague Paul Newman has sent us the following notice:

The Comprehensive Chadic/Hausa Bibliography (version 3 [2015]) is available open access at IUScholarWorks  I am currently working on a new, updated and corrected version, hopefully to appear in early 2018.  If any of you have new items that you would like to include, or if you notice errors in the current version, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the appropriate information. I am particularly interested in book reviews you have written or reviews of your works that have been reviewed by others since this information often slips by unnoticed. My email address is pnxxpn at

Don’t worry about formatting: however you do things is fine with me as long as the information is full and accurate. I would, however, like to make two requests:

(1) In citing names of authors or editors, please spell out the first names rather than using initials.

(2) If titles are in languages other than English, French, or German (e.g., Polish, Italian, or Hausa) please provide an English translation.

Finally, I should mention that this is the final version of the biblio that I shall be doing. Once this version is out, I shall be putting this work aside. Whether future updates appear or not depends on whether anyone else is willing to step up and take on the task. The work is not onerous, but it is not trivial: it does require a serious commitment on someone’s part. Essential qualifications include proficiency in English, good reading knowledge of French and German, access to a good library and internet resources, familiarity with (or willingness to learn) biblio database management, and a real interest in bibliography work. If any individuals (or teams) wish to discuss the possibility of assuming this task, please drop me a note.

Paul Newman
pnxxpn at

Future of BICCL and the related publication series

The  ‘Permanent Committee’ for the Biennial Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) has issued the following announcement concerning the future handling of BICCL and the publication series Chadic Linguistics – Linguistique Tchadique – Tschadistik: Continue reading “Future of BICCL and the related publication series”

BICCL 2017 – Programme now online

The 9th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will take place in Villejuif (France), September 7-8, 2017. This colloquium will be devoted to all aspects of Chadic languages and linguistics, in particular:

  • Descriptive linguistics of individual Chadic languages
  • Comparative linguistics of Chadic languages
  • Typology of Chadic languages
  • Hausa linguistics
  • The position of Chadic within Afroasiatic
  • Chadic languages in contact with non-Chadic languages
  • Oral literature in Chadic languages.

The preliminary programme of the conference is now available here.

This Ninth Colloquium continues the series of Leipzig (2001 / 2009), Prague (2003), Villejuif/Paris (2005 / 2011), Bayreuth (2007 / 2014), Hamburg (2013), taking up two discontinued traditions (the series of Leiden 1976, Hamburg 1981, Boulder 1987) and the Franco-German meetings in Paris (Groupe d’Etudes tchadiques, 1980 – 1997).


R.G. Schuh (posthumously): A Chadic Cornucopia

Cover design by Roxana Ma Newman

Russell Schuh‘s large-scale, 600 page comprehensive study of comparative Chadic, which he was working on at the time of his death, has just been published as an eBook by the California Digital Library, under the title “A Chadic Cornucopia“.

In accordance with Russell Schuh’s wishes, this work – which was edited by Paul Newman –  is open access and open use. It can be read and downloaded under

Here is some info on the content, found at the website of the ePublisher:

This book is a comprehensive, comparative/historical study of Chadic, a family of some 150 languages, the largest and best known of which is Hausa, spoken in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. The book contains overviews of the entire family, proposals for Proto-Chadic reconstruction, and detailed sketches of four representative languages belonging to the major branches of the family, namely Hausa, Ngamo, Gude, and Kera. Phonological topics covered include consonant inventories, especially prenasals, glottalic consonants, and lateral fricatives, vowel inventories, with focus on vowel length and palatal prosodies, and tone, including downstep and consonant-tone interaction. Morphological topics include pluralization, both verbal ( = “pluractional”) and nominal, and verbal extensions or their functional equivalents, including causative, ventive, partitive, and intransitive copy pronouns. Grammatical topics treated are grammatical gender, genitives and determiners, pronominal systems, verb valence, tense-aspect-mood (TAM) including imperative formation, subject-verb agreement, and basic word order. Russell Schuh (1941–2016), the author of the book, was Distinguished Professor of Linguistics as UCLA. The volume was edited and prepared for publication by Paul Newman, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University.