1st Edition

Hindi: An Essential Grammar

ISBN 9780415356718
Published July 17, 2007 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

This text provides a reader-friendly guide to the structural patterns of modern standard Hindi. Ideal for both independent learners and classroom students alike, this book covers the essentials of Hindi grammar in readable, jargon-free sections.

Key features include:

  • sections on the speech sounds of Hindi
  • detailed analysis of Hindi sentence structure
  • full examples throughout.

Table of Contents

Part 1:  1. Introduction  2. Simple Hindi Sentence  3. Negatives  4. Questions  5. Imperatives  6. Exclamations  Part 2:  7. Nouns  8. More about Nouns  9. Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs  10. Verbs  11. More about Verbs  12. Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs  13. Adjectives  14. Adverbs  Part 3:  15.Reduplication  16. Compounds  17. Causatives  Part 4:  18. Personal Pronouns  19. Other Pronouns  20. Postpositions  21. Emphatic Particles hii, bhii and to  22.Other Invariants  Part 5:  23. Habitual Aspect  24. Progressive Aspect  25. Passive  26. Subjunctive and Future  27. The Ergative Pattern  28. Possession  29. Experiencer Subject  30. Verb caahiye  31. Compound Verbs  Part 6:  32. Coordination and Subordination  33. Complex Sentences  34. Relative Clauses  35. Participles  Part 7:  36. Hindi Sounds and Script. Vowels  37. Consonantal Sounds  38. Nasal Consonants and Vowel Nasalisation  39. Syllabic Structure.  Appendices.  A. Grammar in Action.  B. Glossary of Technical Terms

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Rama Agnihotri is at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Delhi-he specialises in applied linguistics, language teaching and ELT.


The most appealing aspect of Agnihotri's grammar is its clear conception of its own objectives and functions. For speakers of Hindi, it is an exposition of the systemacity and rule-governed nature of their language; for learners of Hindi, it is an instrument to further the learning of the language. In its jargon-free description of the patterns of Hindi grammar, the volume doubles up as an introduction to modern grammatical analysis for anyone trying their hand at grammar construction.

 -Reveiwed b Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Agnihotri's Hindi: An Essential Grammar will, from now on, count as essential reading for anyone interested in the language, irrespective of age or specialisation.

 -Reveiwed by Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University