Musa for Hausa
Haruffan Musa Na Hausa
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Hausa is a Chadic language spoken by 70 million people in Nigeria and Niger, and another 40-50 million as a second language across a broader region. It used to be written in Ajami, an Arabic script, but in the last century it has been written in Boko, a Latin script. The modern Pan-Nigerian alphabet includes all the Boko letters. Boko uses dots and hooks to distinguish variants of English Latin letters, but does not indicate tone or vowel length, both of which are phonemic in Hausa (even though the accents are available in the Pan-Nigerian Alphabet).

Musa offers letters for all the Hausa sounds, including some that are only used in certain dialects. We don't need apostrophes to write ejectives, and we have ligatures for palatalized and labialized sounds. Unlike Boko and Ajami, Musa writes the distinction between apical r and retroflex ɽ, and writes the glottal stop even when initial. Most significantly, Musa shows the many alterations in pronunciation, including assimilation and reduction - we write what you're saying, not what you're thinking.

Here is a chart of all the Musa consonants used for Hausa:

And here are the vowels (using د as "chair" in Ajami):

Hausa is normally written in the Abugida gait, like other Afroasiatic languages. In Musa, we write the long vowels by suffixing a Long Mark to the corresponding short vowel. The tone is also marked on the vowel, as shown above.

Clearly, Musa can write Hausa at least as well as Boko or Ajami, and it also offers a smaller keyboard. And Musa can also be used for all the other languages of Nigeria, Africa and the world.


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