- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (27 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415231485
- ISBN-13: 978-0415231480
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Slovene: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars) Paperback – 27 Jul 2000
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About the Author
Peter Herrity is Professor and Head of Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Top Customer Reviews
That's what it says on the back cover.
Slovene in unlikely to be a language you will try to learn on a whim, but if you have a love for the country, as I do, then you may wish to develop you Slovene skills. But if you are an independent learner, you will find this book certainly comprehensive, and MOST certainly difficult.
I advise you use it in tandem with something much more accessible.
One cannot criticise the content of Mr. Herrity's tome, but consider this...
Do you know your obstruents from you sonorants?
Or that the letter "v" is can be pronounced as a voiceless bilabial approximant?
Are you familiar with jotation?
Or pluralia tantum nouns?
Or bound clitics?
I could go on, but you see my point.
As someone learning Russian, I already understand some of the complexities of learning a Slavic language for English speakers... I'm afraid Mr. Herrity's style does not make things easier. (Unlike Derek Offord's Advanced Russian Grammar).
But see it through and you (and I) are sure to be rewarded, as there is everything you are ever likely to need to know...
...and MUCH more!
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The author has achieved this brilliantly. The book is structured in thirteen chapters, with: phonology, nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, particles, interjections, word order, and word formation". In each chapter the points of grammar are illustrated with examples of usage; subtleties of Slovene are indicated, with descriptions of literary, and colloquial language, and archaic words. Furthermore, stress is indicated on all Slovene words in the grammar.
I am an instructor of Slovene, and course writer, and have found it provides a base for teaching Slovene grammar and as a reference for both the teacher and the learner. Before this work was published, I had to search laboriously through all available Slovene grammars, written in Slovenian, which consisted of mainly rules, and had to glean, interpret, translate and research the usage for everyday and formal language, and constantly seek advice from native speakers. The most suitable Slovene grammar which I could refer to till now is the standard grammar book written by Dr. Anton Bajec 'Slovenska slovnica' (Ljubljana, 1968) - it has been reprinted several times. In Australia, Peter Herrity's book is the grammar reference in the secondary school curriculum.
This book is an indispensable tool for the study of Slovene, and I wish to express my appreciation for Peter Herrity's invaluable scholarly contribution to Slovene studies.