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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (19 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415282705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415282703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gareth King is the author of numerous books on language and languages for Routledge/Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press, including a range of well-known and popular titles written for learners of Welsh.
He did his first degree during the Cold War, emerging from Cambridge University with the then customary degree in Russian, Czech and Old Church Slavonic, and sensibly went on some years later to do an MA in Old Irish and Scottish Gaelic at Aberystwyth, learning Welsh in the process.
December 2010 saw the publication of his extensive revision and expansion of George Campbell's well-known Concise Compendium of the World's Languages, followed exactly two years later by a similar updating of the original 2-volume edition.
He now divides his time between writing, acting as consultant for a major publisher, and pursuing a wide range of interests that includes fin-de-siècle Paris, curry and Finno-Ugrian languages.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. McLaughlan on 4 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Gareth King has written a number of excellent books for the learner of modern Welsh (e.g. Colloquial Welsh, also by Routledge). This book can be said to be a comprehensive reference grammar and the ideal next step for anyone who has progressed beyond a basic level of Welsh. It is especially suited to people familiar with Gareth King's other works and his approach to Welsh grammar.
What makes King different is that he describes very much the colloquial language - Welsh as it is spoken - which differs from formal and written Welsh in a number of key ways (vocabulary, grammatical endings and pronunciation). Sometimes this means the situation is complicated by various regional differences or a number of alternative forms and King's skill is that he makes these complexities comprehensible. The text is well laid-out and the explanations are lucid and easy to follow. The treatment of Welsh grammar is detailed but you never feel swamped - there is no detail for details' sake. The chapters are divided into traditional areas such as verbs, nouns etc. but the illustrative examples, unlike traditional grammars sound authentic. Throughout the book, English and Welsh are compared to clarify potential problems and a chapter on translating common phrases in Welsh is particularly useful. For the non-native speaker, this book is liable to answer most of the questions you will ever have.
This is not the book to begin studying Welsh with, as the detail is too great. However, if you wish to deepen your knowledge of the language or need a reference work to clear up any uncertainties, this book has a lot to recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dadllo on 2 Aug. 2011
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As a learner in Welsh or any other language,it is esential to have a user friendly grammar book.This product fulfils the role admirably.This book and Gareth kings Modern Welsh dictionary as an accompaniment,will answer all the questions you are ever likely to ask, through to canolradd stage.One major criticism though;there are several editions of this book on the market,unfortunately the publishers appear to have had a continuity problem in that; although all the items are included,they are not in the same unit or on the same page in each edition.This has led to problems when discussing Welsh language grammar with other students who also have the same book,but a different edition,which is particularly annoying if the discussion(as in my case) is held over the phone, or on Skype.
Otherwise the book is a Godsend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TruettonMiddlesex on 1 Oct. 2012
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This book is a detailed and comprehensive work on the grammar of the Welsh language. The scope and coverage here is immense. Attention is given to colloquial 'Welsh' in contrast to the more literary language. Kings attitude to other dialects is one in which he can describe rather than explain some points which could be called a part of the subject. His ideas are nothing short of better than those before. The books introduction explains that previous forms of 'Cymraeg Byw' are unsuccessful and that new ones based more around the writers work are the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stevelongwool on 27 Nov. 2012
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This is an excellent book for those who already have a good command of Welsh. those who have followed courses from Mynedia to Uwch often end up with files of notes that are not easy to use as a reference. this book puts it all in perspective in an easily accesible format.My tutor says it is a bit colloquial, but that is actually what many advanced learners want so unless you are planning to take your Welsh to degree level this is the grammar book for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dafydd y garreg wen on 11 Dec. 2006
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I bought this book (in an earlier edition) and found it incredibly helpful. It answers all those questions that other grammars seem not to want to tell you about.
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