Kanuri is one of the Saharan languages; it belongs to the Nilo-Saharan
phylum, spoken by over four million people as their first language (mother
tongue) in the present day Borno and Yobe states in Nigeria.
This book consists of four chapters. The first chapter is a general
introduction, it covers the etymology of the term Kanuri, history of the people,
the classification of the language, as well as an overview of the language
dialects. The second chapter deals with the morphology and tonal systems of
the language, the morphological parts include the description, analysis and
interpretations of the morphological processes that occur in the language
while concerning tones, an auto-segmental analysis is adopted to account for
the language tonal systems. The third chapter dwells on the syntax of the
language using Chomskian’s approach as well as Government and Binding
theory in analysing Kanuri sentences.
Tree diagrams and phrase structure rules of the sentences analysed are
drawn. The fourth chapter,that is the concluding part presents the vocabulary
and types of sentences that occur in the language.
The book’s authors-Muhammad Fannami and Mohammed Aminu Mu’azu are
PhD holders in General Linguistics, Associate Professors and Lecturers in
the Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Maiduguri,