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Turkish Grammar [Paperback]

Geoffrey Lewis
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1 Feb 1986 0198158386 978-0198158387 New edition
This revised edition of Lewis's "Turkish Grammar" reflects the results of the language reform movement which has made anything written before the early Thirties less and less intelligible to subsequent generations; the language has, indeed, changed more in the last seventy years than in the preceding seven hundred.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (1 Feb 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198158386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198158387
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geoffrey Lewis, FBA 1979, has been Emeritus Professor of Turkish at the University of Oxford since 1986 and a Fellow of St Anthony's College since 1961 (now Emeritus). He was Oxford University Visiting Professor at Robert College Istanbul 195968, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton, UCLA, and the Royal College of Istanbul, and holds honorary doctorates of the University of Istanbul and the University of the Bosphorus. His books include the original Teach yourself Turkish (1953 and 1988). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish Grammar Books 2 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Geoffrey Lewis's Turkish Grammar is without doubt, the best grammar book for Turkish. Note, however, that it is a reference grammar not a study book. This is not the book to buy if you want to actually learn Turkish, instead it is useful to dip into for the beginner, and to study for a more advanced students. Do not use this book on its own, use it as a supplement to a study book.
For those beginning, a good place to start is Turkish in Three Months, by Bengisu Rona (published by Dorling Kindersley / Hugo). This is clear, concise and straightforward and cheap (if it is not available from Amazon, try DK direct, or second hand with ABE, or you can buy it in Istanbul).
You will also need a good dictionary, you can't go wrong with a Redhouse (which are much cheaper if you buy them in Turkey).
Probably the best and most comprehensive grammar is Turkish Grammar by Geoffrey Underhill, but it is unecesarily expensive for the beginner.
For the beginner Bengisu Rona's Turkish in Three Months is best. Once you get through it you will know where you want to go with the language (if anywhere) and what your needs are.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Turkish grammar. 12 Nov 2009
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As the other reviewers have indicated, this is definitely NOT a "Teach Yourself Turkish" type of book; you certainly won't manage a fortnight in Marmaris on the strength of this. It's for people who are making a serious study of Turkish and need a detailed and seriously authoritative reference work to back this up.

It also has to be said that the user needs a pretty good knowledge of grammatical terms to put it to good use.

Having said that, if the above DOES fit your needs, you couldn't do better. As for the author himself, I can't help feeling furiously jealous at an Englishman (now sadly deceased), who was fluent in Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Azeri, Kazakh and Uzbek! If you're interested, try looking him up on the Times Online Obituary website; he seems like a hell of a nice bloke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 28 Aug 2007
By Avni
This is a great reference book. It covers everything that I could ask for and provides clear explainations as well as well-thought out examples. I worked through this book and it markedly helped me with improving my Turkish. One of the better language guides that I have ever come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reference grammar. 6 Feb 1999
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Turkish is very different from English. But rather than emphasize the exotic, Lewis clearly lays out the internal logic of the language, with examples drawn from actual usage.
His Teach Yourself Turkish (Teach Yourself Books) is an excellent introduction; this is an excellent reference.
About me: I never did get very far in Turkish, but I got as far as I did as fast as I did because of Lewis's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting little find, for a grammar book 13 May 2010
This is a great little book to supplement one's basic knowledge. I have just finished a book on teaching myself Turkish and I am enjoying dipping in and out of this grammar book. It explains very clearly and in sufficient details all the different elements of grammar that are essential. It is not necessarily an easy read but I find that concentrating on one or things at a time makes is intelligible and easily understood. You certainly need an understanding of Turkish and then it is a great reference book, when you want to check on something that is sometimes not clear from the language book. I don't think I could do without it now!
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