Turkish Grammar Hardcover – 1 Dec 1967
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While others have told the history of the language reform as well, it is Lewis' great merit that more than a third of his study is devoted to analyzing the 'ingredients' and 'concoctions' of this reform as he calls them. This he does both expertly and wittily, enlivening his scholarly discussion of how intellectuals and others employed various suffixes to coin new words while frequently bending the rules of linguistics. (Jacob M. Landau, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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 the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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.
The content of the book is excellent, although it is aimed at people who have a ressonable understanding of grammatical terms.
I am learning Turkish using an intereactive progragramme, but there are times when I need to understand how a word has been formed grammatically, so I will be using this book as a reference manual.
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