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Title:Taboo and dialect variation: an aspect of Hausa culture
Author:Abubakar, AbdulhamidISNI
Year:1987
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue:11
Pages:93-104
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Hausa
popular beliefs
semantics
Abstract:Although the various Hausa dialects differ little phonologically, morphologically, semantically, and syntactically, there are some differences in the use of taboo words. Taboo words in Hausa concern body excretions, genital organs, personal names and kinship terms, sexual terms, names of certain creatures, abusive terms, and diseases. The present article highlights particular taboo words and discusses dialect variations. It also pays some attention to non-linguistic avoidance behaviour among the Hausa. Bibliogr., notes.
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