Musa and Audu


This short narrative tells of two friends, Musa and Audu. This story is told as a joke with the two names being non-referential, generic and common Hausa names used by many language communities in the area. Audu, who wants to take a trip, needs some financial assistance; Audu asks for Musa to give him a “ring of wealth”. When Audu approaches Musa, Audu’s specific reason for asking Musa for help is that “[Audu] always remembers [Musa]” when he travels. Musa replies that he will not give him the “ring of wealth” precisely for that reason. Audu “always” and seemingly only remembers Musa when he needs money. The final lines of Musa’s response are a play on words. Musa repeats Audu’s words as Musa’s reason for rejecting the request, implying that perhaps Audu should not only consider Musa when he needs assistance.

Musa and Audu
Nominalization and predication in U̱t‑Maꞌin
February 2013

Citable as

Yohanna, Ibrahim (Speaker) & Rebecca Dow Smith Paterson (Transcriber). 2013. Musa and Audu. In Rebecca Dow Smith Paterson (Author) Nominalization and predication in U̱t‑Maꞌin. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon.

Note: Audio is unpublished.

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Ibrahim Yohanna
Ibrahim Yohanna
Language Speaker

Speaker of the Ror dialect of u̱t‑Maꞌin.

Rebecca Paterson
Rebecca Paterson

My research interests include field linguistics, grammatical description, and translation.