Proverbs and Language Development: A Study of Neologism in Hausa Hausa Karin Magana

Author: Hauwa Muhammad Bugaje (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria)
Speaker: Hauwa Muhammad Bugaje
Topic: Linguistic Anthropology
The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 General Session


Proverb is undoubtedly an indispensable genre of literature especially of the Hausa language one of the three most populous languages of Africa, (Amfani, 2012). Hausa Karin magana as observed by scholars like Kirk-Green, (1966: IX) proved to be the custodians of not only the history of a people but also their wisdom, philosophy, religion, customs and traditions. Scholars such as Furniss (1995) have demonstrated the continuous development of the language despite the influence of Islam (and Arabic as its medium) and colonialism (with English as its medium) and the rapid effect of globalization on languages and cultures. This paper entitled “Proverbs And Language Development: a Study of Neologism in Hausa Hausa Karin Magana” Study a body of Hausa Proverbs (Karin Magana) to further prove that Hausa employs neological technique to adopt to new situation with a view to enhancing the vocabulary of the language
especially among youth.

Keywords: Proverbs, Neologism and Language Development.