1st Edition

Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar

ISBN 9780415114943
Published June 12, 2005 by Routledge
624 Pages

USD $74.95

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Book Description

Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Turkish grammar. Concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Turkish, it presents a detailed and systematic description of the structure of language at every level:sounds, words and sentences and will remain the standard reference work for years to come.

Drawing upon a rapidly growing body of scholarly research on Turkish, this well-presented Grammar is a stimulating and up-to-date analysis of the complexities of the language, with full and clear explanations and examples throughout. A detailed index and extensive cross-referencing between numbered subsections also provides readers with easy access to the information they require.

Features include:

  • detailed treatment of common grammatical structures and parts of speech
  • extensive use of examples, all with English translations
  • particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty
  • comprehensive glossary of all grammatical terms.

The Grammar is an essential reference source for intermediate and advanced learners and users of Turkish. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Introduction.  Abbreviations.  List of Conventions Observed in this Book.  The Turkish Alphabet and Writing Conventions.  Part 1: Phonology: The Sound System  1. Phonological Units  2. Sound Changes in the Stem after Suffixiation  3. Vowel Harmony  4. Word Stress  5. Intonation  Part 2. Morphology: The Strucutre of Words  6. Principles of Suffixiation  7. Word Classes and Derivational Suffixes  9. Reduplication  10. Noun Compounds  Part 3. Syntax: The Structure of Sentences  12. Simple and Complex Sentences  13. The Verb Phrase  14. The Noun Phrase  15. Adjectival Constructions, Determiners and Numerals  16. Adverbal Constructions  17. The Postpositional Phrase  18. Pronouns and Reference  19. Questions  20. Negation  21. Tense, Aspect and Modality  22. Definiteness, Specificity and Generic Reference  23. Word Order  24. Noun Clauses  25. Relative Clauses  26. Adverbial Clauses  27. Conditional Sentences  28. Conjunctions, Co-ordination and Discourse Connection.  Appendix 1. Reduplicated Stems.  Appendix 2. Tense/Aspect/Modality Suffixes.  Glossary. Bibliography.  Index

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Asli Göksel is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, and Research Associate at SOAS, London, and Celia Kerslake is Lecturer in Turkish at Oxford University.


'This is the newest, the most up-to-date and one of the most comprehensive Turkish reference grammers on the market today.' - Middle East Studies Association

'This is a magnificent and immense work of scholarship, which provides us with the best analytical description (in English) of the contemporary Turkish of Turkey that we are likely to see for many years ... The authors are to be congratulated on their boldness and success in adapting familiar grammatical terminology ... to suit the characteristics of Turkish.'  – Turkish Aread Studies Review

'Refreshingly, this highly academic work provides an unpretentious user-friendly glossary of grammatical terms ... For serious students and researchers of Turkish and linguistics, this book is a veritable bible of descriptive grammar grafted on to years of teaching experience to produce a must-have reference tool.' – The Times Higher Educational Supplement