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Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar

Title: Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar

Author: James N. Sneddon
Format: Paperback
List Price: $65
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Product Description:
Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar provides a description of the structure of the Indonesian language written in a clear, non-technical manner. It is a complete reference guide to the language as it is spoken and written by native speakers and can readily be used by speakers of Indonesian who have no linguistic background.

To aid clarity, all word groups and structures discussed are illustrated by natural examples. Each section can be read independently, enabling the reader to focus on one aspect of the language, if desired. All major structures of Indonesian, from words to complex sentences are described in detail and common grammatical terms are defined in the glossary.

Product Details:
  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 1, 1996)
  • ISBN: 0415155290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.0 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Buy two...you will wear one out, May 10, 2004

Reviewer: John Whiteman (Hillsboro, Oregon United States)

You should always carry this book along with a good dictionary when reading bahasa Indonesia. Sneddon provides clear, self-contained descriptions about the constructs of this language. I highly recommend this publication for those who aspire to be fluent in Indonesian.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

A Must Have, January 9, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Although this book is only of use in combination with other learning resources, it covers just about every thing you could ever want to know on Indonesian grammer.

Do not get it thinking you will master Indonesian with it alone, buy it as it will help you to understand just about everything that the other courses, books, tapes etc leave out.

A must have for the serious student and although it is expensive you can not put a price on the information it contains.

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:

An essential resource., April 1, 2001

Reviewer: CJ (East Asia)

I know of no other Indonesian grammar books and I don't think you need another one if you have this! In its pages you will find a full description Indonesian that is complete and as easy to understand as possible while still retaining an academic perspective. Every feature of Indonesian is covered including an excellent description of the affixes that often pose a challenge to learners. All parts of speech are well addressed. Also included is a glossary of many grammatical terms that you may come accross in studying Indonesian. In fact I think some of them are unique to concepts of Indonesian (and Malay). I am still fairly new at Indonesian so another feature of this book I like is that the examples chosen use everyday words that you are likely to encounter in newspapers and just generally living in an Indonesian speaking environment. Well done on that score Mr Sneddon! If you are a serious student of Bahasa Indonesia then you would do well to have this book at your side. There seem to be so few resources for learning Indonesian but this is definitly a quality resource. One of the only drawbacks, but an understandable one considering the approach taken, is that the informal language that you are likely to hear in Indonesia is not covered. But what the heck! This is a grammar of university Indonesian after all. (Bythe way, if you want informal Indonesian I recommend "Making Out In Indonesian" by Pater Constantine.

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar, May 16, 2000

Reviewer: Joanna Smith (Jakarta, Indonesia)

This is an excellent grammar description of Bahasa Indonesia, the language spoken by almost 200 million people. It is suitable both for students of the language and linguists interested in studying the intricasies of its morphology and syntax. It is easy to follow, and surpasses other available grammars for this language.

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