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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041510002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415100021
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By manfredo on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 May 2013
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The book is generally very good, but there appears to be a serious, systematic typographical error: numerous (but not all) instances of the stressed upsilon character ύ erroneously appear as a stressed eta character ή instead.

This fault occurs across several sections of the e-book, but by way of example, Part 2, paragraph 2.1.1 "Nouns in -ας (Parisyllabic)" includes the words φήλακας, καήσωνας and πνεήμονας as supposed examples, whereas the correct Greek words are φύλακας, καύσωνας and πνεύμονας respectively. In total, there are too many instances of this error to list.

In this type of book, accuracy is important. I hope the publisher will correct this error in future editions, and release an update for existing customers.
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