Burmese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Burmese grammar. It presents a fresh and thorough description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Burmese.
The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Burmese grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language, with clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on Burmese as used by present-day native speakers.
- detailed treatment of the common grammatical structures and parts of speech
- particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty
- all examples given in Burmese script, IPA phonetic transcription, and English
- glossary of linguistic terminology
The Grammar is the ideal reference source for intermediate to advanced learners and users of Burmese and will remain the standard reference work for years to come.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 2 Sound system and script 3 Parts of speech 4 Lexicon 5 Word structure 6 Phrase structure 7 Clause and sentence structure 8 Form and functions of utterances 9 Negation 10 Expression of tense, aspect, and modality 11 Intensifiers and comparison 12 Pragmatics and Language Use
Mathias Jenny is Senior Lecturer/Researcher in the Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, with a research focus on the languages of Southeast Asia. He teaches General Linguistics and beginners’ Burmese.
San San Hnin Tun is Maître de Conférences at Inalco/Lacito-CNRS. She teaches Burmese and researches the Burmese language, in particular on discourse structure and functions of spoken contemporary Burmese using a corpus linguistic approach. She is the author of the recent Routledge publication Colloquial Burmese.