Emeritus Professor Philip J. Jaggar
Department of Africa
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
Phone (direct): +44 (0) 20 7898 4387
Phone (dept): +44 (0) 20 7637 2388
After taking African studies as an undergraduate Philip Jaggar took an MPhil in social anthropology (both at SOAS), with a dissertation on the blacksmiths of Kano, northern Nigeria (1978). He then got the "linguistics bug" and took an MA and PhD in linguistics at UCLA, writing a discourse-based dissertation on the coding of referents in Hausa narrative (1985). He has taught mainly Hausa language/linguistics at Bayero University College, Kano, Nigeria (1973-76), Universität Hamburg, Germany (1976-78), UCLA (1978-83), and SOAS (1983-), and has researched and/or published on Hausa, Guruntum (West Chadic) and a number of other West African languages (including a number of PhD dissertations). He has recently started researching and publishing on Kanuri (a major Nilo-Saharan language).
A theoretically-informed empirical linguist, he is recognised as a world authority on Hausa and a lifelong study of the language culminated in his 754-page magnum opus, Hausa (2001, Benjamins), described in one major review article as "[a] balance between richness of descriptive detail, penetrating analysis, and theoretical erudition" (Green & Reintges, Lingua 114, 2004).