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The press regularly notes Boko Haram's use of Hausa in its communications. The instance cited below for some reason conditioning it as "purportedly" - perhaps because all they saw was the English translation? Has anyone studied the language used and how it is written? Presumably they write in ajami (and without benefit of whatever computer fonts or localized applications there may be for Hausa in ajami). Is Boko Haram's use of the language (aside from presumably being intended as some sort of statement) remarkable in any way? An outlier phenomenon or fitting with some other trend in use of Hausa? Broadening the question, are there any current studies of written Hausa in public life? Writing systems and orthographies used? Style of language? Etc. Don Osborn -------------------- Rejecting amnesty, making demands, What we want, by Boko Haram Vanguard The group, two months ago, in a three-page statement purportedly written in Hausa and distributed to newsmen in Maiduguri, vowed no end to the persistent attacks, explaining that the ward and village heads, politicians, police and the army, ... <http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/06/rejecting-amnesty-making-demands-what-we-want-by-boko-haram/> 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.