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Thanks Nikolay (and John for your clarification under separate cover). A few quick comments. Re Fardon, thanks for catching my error in transcription which would have also entered the references section of a paper... Re the issue of dipthongs, this is something I was overlooking. Hausa does use a system different than that common for other languages in other countries of the region. I think that in Niger the usage follows Nigeria in this (whereas the Bamako 66 recommendations were different). In general re Bamako 1966, I think that there is a need to consider its legacy - and that of the related UNESCO-sponsored conferences - more thoroughly. It has been 40 years and in general I think that these conferences have helped significantly in promoting standardized approaches to languages of at least West Africa. Nigeria has its own approaches with subdot letters, but also a division between what has been adopted in the North and South. One important step would be to get a more complete collection of reports, declarations, and recommendations of these workshops online. I've done pretty much all I can working on the fly and relying on help from various scholars, librarians, and agencies for help, but there is much more to do. For instance the 1980 Niamey meeting you mention should be online (I don't even have it on the list yet at http://www.bisharat.net/Documents/ ). Re the hooked-y, it has remained in use in Niger - per Hartell's 1993 book on Alphabets of Africa and the latest (1999) version of the official orthographies for Nigerien national languages. Interestingly, it appears on the Konyin Nigerian languages keyboard also (I do have my "e"'s and "a"'s correct in the preceding). All the best. Don -- Wannan wasik'ar i-mel ce daga H-Hausa, inda za'a cigaba da hira game da harshe da al'adu da tarihi da sauran lamura na Hausawa da mak'wabtansu.