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Greek: A Comprehensive Grammar of the Modern Language (Comprehensive Grammars) [Paperback]

David Holton , Peter Mackridge , Irene Philippaki-Warburton
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18 Sep 1997 041510002X 978-0415100021
Greek: A Comprehensive Grammar of the Modern Language is a complete reference guide to modern Greek grammar.
It is the first truly comprehensive grammar of the language to be produced, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Greek, and will provide the standard reference work for years to come.
The Grammar is an ideal reference source for the adult learner and user of Greek. It is suitable either for independent study or for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.
The volume contains a comprehensive description of Greek grammar, offering an analysis of the complexities of the language and providing full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on the Greek spoken and written by native speakers today.
An extensive index, glossary of linguistic terms and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require.
Features include:
* detailed treatment of all grammatical structures
* up-to-date examples
* separate and detailed treatment of syntax
* particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041510002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415100021
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading - if you're not a beginner! 2 Jun 2002
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Beginners like me may regard this comprehensive and authoritative reference more as a university text book than a practical aid to start out learning modern Greek.

Unless you have studied languages before, you will also need an English dictionary and a dictionary of grammar at hand - because of the extensive use of technical terms.

Definitely not an easy introduction to the subject for first-timers, but no doubt a must-buy for advanced students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An extremely thorough reference book 8 Mar 2002
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This very detailed book will answer questions that even your teacher may not be able to! It uses quite technical linguistic vocabulary, but it's a relief after all the contradictory and confusing text books to find something so reliable and comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best book for Modern Greek grammar 10 April 2006
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This book is of an excellent nature. It treats all grammatical concepts in great detail. Topics covered include the sound and writing systems, the morphology (the structure of the words and their possible inflections) and the syntax (the way the words are arranged in a sentence).
As it is a comprehensive grammar of the modern language, you should be prepared for a lot of linguistic terminology. However, if terminology such as "periphrastic", "oxytone" and "clitic pronoun" seem difficult they need not be because there is a glossary of linguistic terms at the back. Though if I had to make one improvement to the book it would be in the glossary, where a number of grammatical words would need a bit more explanation to make them fully understandable and complete.
Having said that, this book was designed for advanced students of Greek or for linguists with an avid interest in the language or languages in general. If you are a beginner to the language and/or have had little formal language learning experience, you would be best advised to buy the "Essential Course in Modern Greek Grammar".
Its comprehensive and insightful treatment of Modern Greek grammar makes this the best book on the subject and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
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