Paul Newman Papers


Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Newman

Paul Newman first went to Nigeria in 1961 as a member of the newly established Peace Corps. While serving as a secondary school teacher in Maiduguri in the far northeast of the country, he conducted research on previously undescribed languages belonging to the Chadic family, a linguistic group of some 140 or so distinct languages that has remained the focus of his scholarship throughout his academic career.

This collection consists of articles, chapters in books, and book reviews published over a fifty year period from 1964 to 2017. They encompass descriptions of individual Chadic languages, comparative/historical studies of the Chadic family as a whole, and detailed analyses of Hausa, the largest and most important language of West Africa, of which he is recognized as the world’s authority. The collection also includes papers on topics of general linguistic interest including tone, syllable structure, ideophones, pluractionality, fieldwork methodology, linguistic classification, internal reconstruction, and forensic linguistics. A full list of his publications, including books and sound recordings, primarily of African and Appalachian music, is provided in one of this collection's records, "Paul Newman — Publications."

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