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COMPARATIVE STUDY OF MORPHOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN ENGLISH AND HAUSA LANGUAGES.

ZUBAIRU, BITRUS SAMAILA PG/MA/13/64956
Department : English and literary studies ,, Faculty : Arts .
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Abstract

This work aims at investigating the relationships that exist between the English and 

the Hausa languages at the level of their morphological processes; and the implication this 

relationship will have on the teaching and learning situation. The study adopted a contrastive 

analysis theory cum contrastive analysis hypothesis which is an area of linguistic studies that 

deals with the scientific study of two or more languages so as to make critical, howbeit, 

pedagogical comments on their areas of divergence or convergence. The study discusses and 

compares some morphological processes such as back-formation, blending alternation, 

affixation, compounding, clipping, coinage, reduplication, acronym, and borrowing in both 

languages using the descriptive analysis method. The analyses were based on Kano dialect of 

Hausa language which is the standard Hausa dialect. From the analyses, it was discovered 

that, morphology which is the study of grammatical rules  of word structures in any language 

operates in both languages with significant areas of differences and similarities; that English 

and Hausa use some processes to create some words; that affixation is one of the processes 

found in both English and Hausa;  that some of the processes discussed in this study could be 

found in one and not in other language; that Hausa language interferes significantly on the 

teaching and learning of English as a second language.



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