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BICCL 2017 – 2nd Announcement

Posted by useibert on Sunday, January 22, 2017

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.

Registrations should be addressed exclusively by e-mail to: ; Subject : BICCL 2017

The following information is required for registration:

  • Name and address (preferably e-mail AND snail mail)
  • Professional affiliation
  • Title of paper and abstract (1 page)

Deadline for submitting title and abstract: May 31, 2017.

The purpose of this second announcement is to allow you to search for funding, for LLACAN will not be able to provide any financial support for the participants.

A third one will be delivered in May, with accommodation and visa details.

There is also a web page at the following address:

You may consult this web page to see the tables of contents of our previous BICCL meetings proceedings.

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).

The “Permanent Committee of the International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages” is presently represented by:

  • Dymitr Ibriszimow (Lehrstuhl Afrikanistik II, Bayreuth U.),
  • Henry Tourneux (LLACAN – CNRS / INALCO – Villejuif and IRAD Maroua, Cameroon),
  • Ekkehard Wolff (Professor & Chair emeritus African Linguistics, Leipzig U., Institut für Afrikanistik).

Local organizing committee:

  • Henry Tourneux
  • Yvonne Treis
  • Jeanne Zerner

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Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics (3rd edition)

Posted by useibert on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paul Newman‘s Comprehensive Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics, 3rd edition (Bloomington: IU ScholarWorks, 2015) is now posted online and available for use. This open access work can be found at <>.

This work is a corrected and greatly expanded version of the bibliography that was published initially in 2012 and then again in 2013. A significant improvement in the current edition is the addition of an index of authors of book reviews (reviews still being included together with the books being reviewed).

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BICCL 7 — Call for Papers

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Permanent  Committee  of  the  International  Colloquium  on  the  Chadic  Languages* is pleased to announce that the 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will be hosted at the Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany from September 12 to September 14, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics

Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 30, 2013

The latest edition of Paul Newman‘s Chadic-Hausa Bibliography (2013) is now up and available for open use at the IU [Indiana University] ScholarWorks repository. The url is:  This Version02 is a corrected and expanded version of the bibliography that was posted early in 2012 on the DEVA site at the University of Bayreuth.

The Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics (OBCHL) is an updated, expanded, and corrected edition of the bibliography published some fifteen years ago by Rüdiger Köppe Verlag (Newman 1996). That bibliography was built on valuable earlier works including Hair (1967), Newman (1971), Baldi (1977), R. M. Newman (1979), Awde (1988), and Barreteau (1993). The ensuing years have witnessed an outpouring of new publications on Chadic and Hausa, written by scholars from around the globe, thereby creating the need for a new, up-to-date bibliography.

The bibliography currently contains over 2700 main entries, dating from 1790 to 2012. A special feature, continued from the earlier printed volume, is the inclusion of book reviews along with the entry for the book in question. The bibliography is limited to works on languages and linguistics. It does not include publications concerned primarily with literature and literary analysis.

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More Articles on Chadic languages online at JWAL

Posted by useibert on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The editors of the Journal of West African Languages (JWAL) have continued putting PDF versions of past articles on their web site.  All articles published before 2002 are now available for free download at   Check out what is online for Chadic including Hausa.

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On the Etymology of Hausa “boko”

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Professor Paul Newman has recently published a paper entitled “The Etymology of Hausa boko” in which he refutes the often-asserted claim that boko comes from English ‘book’. The paper is available online at the Mega-Chad/Méga-Tchad website under the category ‘Miscellaneous Publications’:

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The modern use of Arabic script for African languages

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Some work on the modern use of Arabic script for African languages (especially Hausa) has appeared recently:
Further broader work in this field is also expected later this year in a Brill volume on The Arabic Script in Africa, edited by Meikal Mumin and Kees Versteegh.

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Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The “Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics”, compiled by Professor Paul Newman of Indiana University, is a comprehensive, open access bibliography containing more than 2500 entries. The initial edition (Version 01) is now available as a searchable pdf file on the website of DEVA, Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth. To access the bibliography, find the baobab tree thumbnail at the bottom of the page and click on the Chadic Hausa link.

This initial Version 01 is presented in PDF format only. The goal in the future is to make the bibliography available in database format as well. Scholars using the bibliography will have the opportunity to contribute to its completeness and accuracy by submitting additions and corrections to be incorporated in subsequent editions.

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Studies in African Linguistics online

Posted by useibert on Friday, May 27, 2011

Studies in African Linguistics is one of the journals where a number of articles on Chadic languages and linguistics have appeared. It is now possible to read these articles online and download them. Here is what can be found:

  • Dauda Muhammad Bagari 1971. Lexical hypothesis and Hausa. PDF
  • John Bryson Eulenberg 1971. A New Look at the Predicating Particles in Hausa. PDF
  • Charles H. Kraft 1971. A note on lateral fricatives in Chadic.  PDF
  • Paul Newman 1971. The Hausa negative markers.  PDF
  • N. Pilszczikowa-Chodak 1972. Tone-vowel height correlation and tone assignment in the patterns of verb and noun plurals in Hausa. PDF
  • Russell G. Schuh 1972. Rule Inversion in Chadic.  PDF
  • Paul Newman 1973. Grades, vowel-tone classes and extensions in the Hausa verbal system.  PDF
  • William R. Leben 1974. Rule inversion in Chadic: A reply. PDF
  • William R. Leben, Dauda M. Bagari 1975. A note on the base form of the Hausa verb. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1975. The non-correlation of tone and vowel height in Hausa. PDF
  • Nina Pilszczikowa-Chodak 1975. On the correlation of tone and vowel height in Hausa.  PDF
  • Zygmunt Frajzyngier 1976. Rule inversion in Chadic: an explanation.  PDF
  • Linda Dresel 1977. Some phonological aspects of the aquisition of Hausa. PDF
  • Karen H Ebert 1977. Some aspects of the Kera Verbal Structure. PDF
  • Zygmunt Frajzyngier 1977. On the intransitive copy pronouns in Chadic. PDF
  • Patrick McConvell 1977. Relativisation and the ordering of cross-reference rules in Hausa. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1977. Chadic extensions and pre-dative verb forms in Hausa. PDF
  • Philip Jaggar 1978. And what about…?’ – topicalization in Hausa. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1979. Explaining Hausa feminines. PDF
  • Zygmunt Frajzyngier 1980. The vowel system of Pero. PDF
  • Linda Hunter 1980. Stress in Hausa: an experimental study. PDF
  • Bello Ahmad Salim 1980. A note on the Hausa voiceless labials.  PDF
  • Stephen C. Anderson, Jeanette Swackhamer 1981. From Consonants to downstep in Podoko. PDF
  • Donald A. Burquest 1981. Evidence for object-verb ordering in Chadic. PDF
  • Graham Furniss 1981. Hausa disyllabic verbs: comments on base forms and extensions. PDF 
  • Donald G. Churma 1982. Rule inversion in Chadic: a closer look. PDF
  • Russell G. Schuh 1983. Kilba equational sentences. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1984. Ethonyms in Hausa. PDF
  • Mona Lindau-Webb 1985. Hausa vowels and dipthongs. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1986. Tone and affixation in Hausa. PDF
  • Philip J Jaggar 1988. Restrictive vs non-restrictive relative clauses in Hausa: where morphosyntax and semantics meet. PDF
  • Russell G. Schuh 1989. The reality of Hausa “low tone raising”; a response to Newman & Jaggar. PDF
  • Donald A. Burquest 1989. A note on Hausa plurals. PDF
  • Paul Newman, Philip J. Jaggar 1989. Low tone raising in Hausa: a critical assessment. PDF
  • Linda Schwartz 1989. Thematic linking in Hausa assymetric coordination. PDF
  • Paul Newman 1990. Internal evidence for final vowel lowering in Hausa. PDF
  • Bernard Tranel 1994. Tone sandhi and vowel deletion in Margi. PDF
  • William R Leben 1996. Tonal feet and the adaptation of English borrowing into Hausa. PDF
  • Aaron Shryock 1997. The classification of the Masa group of languages.  PDF
  • Russell G. Schuh 2002. Palatalization in West Chadic. PDF
  • Mahaman B Attouman 2009. Emplois et valeurs des marqueurs wáy et mànà en hawsa. PDF

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Special Symposium: Half a Century of Comparative Chadic and Historical Hausa Studies

Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 5, 2011

This month, a special symposium on “Half a Century of Comparative Chadic and Historical Hausa Studies” will take place  at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).

Over the past fifty years, Professors Herrmann Jungraithmayr and Paul Newman have been two of the foremost scholars in the area of Chadic and Hausa linguistics. In this symposium, these two scholars will give an overview of developments in these fields and offer their perspectives on unresolved questions and challenges. Jungraithmayr will present his thoughts on comparative Chadic, to be complemented by commentary and discussion by Professor Henry Tourneux of CNRS and INALCO (Langage, langues et cultures d’Afrique noire, LLACAN) in Paris. Newman will present his insights on Hausa historical linguistics, to be complemented by commentary and discussion by Professor Philip Jaggar of the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, in London. These two papers with commentary by leading experts will be followed by open discussion with the participation of members of the audience.

Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Venue: 95445 Bayreuth, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 3 (Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, seminar rooms), S 17

Time: Begin 16 c.t.

Chair: Professor Roxana Ma Newman

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