1st Edition

Understanding Indonesian Grammar
A student's reference and workbook




ISBN 9781864487763
Published December 31, 1999 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Understanding Indonesian Grammar is a reference and workbook designed primarily for intermediate and advanced students in senior years of high school and at university. It provides a clear, non-technical description of the important structures in the language, together with practical exercises. It can be used with any Indonesian language course.

* Units are largely self-contained, enabling teachers to select topics in any order, depending on the structure of their course and the needs of their students.

* The various aspects of each topic are discussed one at a time and tested in exercises so that the learner is guided step by step to an in-depth understanding of the topic.

* Contains descriptions of many frequently occurring affixes and structures which are not dealt with in existing course materials.

* Clear explanations and answers to all exercises enable learners to use the book without a teacher.

* Notes throughout the book provide additional information on unusual or irregular features of grammar.

* All grammatical terms used are defined in an extensive glossary.

The comprehensiveness and flexibility of Understanding Indonesian Grammar make it an indispensable resource for students and teachers of Indonesian.

James Neil Sneddon PhD is an associate professor in the School of Languages at Griffith University, with long experience teaching Indonesian language and linguistics. He is the author of Indonesian Reference Grammar (1996).

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS viii

INTRODUCTION ix

GLOSSARY xii

1 Prefixes 1

2 Noun affixes 5

3 Transitive and intransitive verbs 13

4 Active and passive 19

5 Intransitive verbs 26

6 Verbal suffixes -kan and -i 2

7 Verbs with prefix per- 47

8 Ter- verbs 51

9 Ke-...-an verbs 58

10 Ber-...-kan verbs 61

11 Ber-...-an verbs 63

12 Base-meN- verbs 66

13 Noun phrases 68

14 Adjective phrases 73

15 Predicate phrases 77

16 Negatives 80

17 Baru 85

18 Prepositions 87

19 Ada 91

20 Functions of -nya 94

21 Numbers 97

22 Arithmetic 103

23 Reflexives 105

24 Clause word order 108

25 Relative clauses 113

26 Topic-comment clauses 124

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Biography

James Neil Sneddon PhD is an associate professor in the School of Languages at Griffith University, with long experience teaching Indonesian language and linguistics. He is the author of Indonesian Reference Grammar (1996).