Thai: An Essential Grammar

2nd Edition

By David Smyth

© 2014 – Routledge

270 pages

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Paperback: 9780415510349
pub: 2013-11-25
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Hardback: 9780415510332
pub: 2013-11-29
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About the Book

This second edition of Thai: An Essential Grammar provides an up-to-date and concise reference guide to Thai grammar.

Using clear, jargon-free explanations, it sets out the complexities of Thai in short, readable sections and presents an accessible description of the language. Focus is kept on the real patterns of use today and grammar forms are demonstrated through a wide range of relevant examples. No prior knowledge is assumed on the part of the reader.

Features include:

  • Coverage of crucial topics, such as sentence particles, negation, questions and quantification
  • Examples given in both Thai script and romanised transliteration
  • Pronunciation section
  • Guidance on speech conventions and the Thai writing system
  • Glossary of grammatical terms
  • Two appendices covering Romanisation systems and three key verbs
  • Bibliography

This unique reference work will prove invaluable to all learners looking to master the grammar of Thai. It is ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Pronunciation 2. The writing system 3. Nouns, classifiers and noun phrases 4. Pronouns 5. Verbs 6. Adjectives (stative verbs) and adjectival constructions 7. Adverbs and adverbial constructions 8. Location markers and prepositions 9. Clauses and sentences 10. Sentence particles 11. Negation 12. Questions 13. Numbers, measurement and quantification 14. Time 15. Thai speech conventions Appendix 1—Romanisation systems. Appendix 2—The verbs hâi, dâi, bpen: a summary. Glossary. Bibliography and further reading. Index

About the Author

David Smyth is Senior Lecturer in Thai at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Southeast Asian Languages (see also Vietnamese)