Turkish: An Essential Grammar

By Asli Göksel, Celia Kerslake

© 2010 – Routledge

348 pages

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About the Book

Turkish: An Essential Grammar is a concise, user-friendly guide to the most important structures of contemporary Turkish.

Presenting a fresh and accessible description of the language, this engaging grammar uses clear, jargon-free explanations offering practical guidance on understanding and constructing words and sentences correctly.

Key features include:

  • pronunciation guide
  • clear grammatical explanations
  • frequent use of examples from colloquial and formal speech, accompanied by translations
  • illustrative tables and a series of appendices to complement the explanations
  • full glossary of grammatical terms.

With numerous language examples bringing grammar to life, this truly essential reference work will prove invaluable to all students looking to master the patterns of modern Turkish, which are often very different from those in English or other European languages.

Asli Göksel is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul.

Celia Kerslake is Lecturer in Turkish in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

The two authors previously collaborated on the writing of Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge, 2005)

Table of Contents

1. The alphabet and pronunciation 2. Spelling and punctuation 3. Forming words and compounds 4. The noun and the noun phrase 5. Adjectives, determiners, quantifiers 6. Numerals and numerical expressions 7. Adverbials 8. Postpositional Phrases 9. Pronouns 10. Conjunctions 11. Basic sentence structure 12. Person marking in sentences 13. The copula: Predicates with -y- (‘be’) and ol- (‘be’/‘have’) 14. Nominal sentences 15. Verbal sentences 16. The Verb Form 17. Modality 18. Questions 19. Word order and intonation 20. Relative clauses 21. Noun clauses 22. Adverbial clauses 23. Conditional sentences 24. Conversational features Appendix A: Inflection of nouns Appendix B: Inflection of nominal predicates

About the Series

Routledge Essential Grammars

Essential Grammars describe clearly and succinctly the core rules of each language and are up-to-date and practical reference guides to the most important aspects of languages used by contemporary native speakers. They are designed for elementary to intermediate learners and present an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today.
Essential Grammars are a reference source for the learner and user of the language, irrespective of level, setting out the complexities of the language in short, readable sections that are clear and free from jargon.
Essential Grammars are ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR000000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General
FOR027000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Turkish & Turkic Languages
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN006000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation