A Reference Grammar of Thai

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 10, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 392 pages
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A Reference Grammar of Thai provides a clear, detailed and comprehensive guide to Thai grammar, designed for intermediate to advanced learners. Written by two leading experts on Thai, it places a special emphasis on functional accounts of its grammatical phenomena: the use of demonstratives, personal reference terms, the modality system, the aspectual system, pragmatic particles, verb serialisation, relative clauses, question formation, passive and causative constructions, topic marking and many more. Unlike any other book on Thai grammar, it draws on data from everyday spoken discourses such as informal conversation, group discussions, interviews and narratives, as well as non-technical written texts such as folk tales, short stories and newspaper articles, to discuss grammatical phenomena at both sentence and discourse level. An extensive index is provided and examples are given in both Thai orthography and IPA symbols, making this an invaluable resource for linguists as well as students and teachers of Thai.
 

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Contents

The structure of words
25
Personal reference terms
49
The structure of noun phrases
61
Numeral classifiers
73
Demonstratives
83
Adjectives
91
Adverbs and adverbial phrases
103
Verbs and transitivity
109
Relative clauses
243
Complementation
253
Quotation and the complementizer waa
259
Adverbial clauses
269
YesNo and tag questions
279
Interrogative and indefinite expressions
291
kan
305
The passive
313

ca
123
Modality
133
Aspect
149
k5
171
Speechlevel particles
179
Pragmatic particles
187
Bodypart expressions
213
Copulative sentences
221
Serial verb constructions
231
The causative
323
Benefactive and purposive
339
Potential
349
Discourse
359
References
377
Subject index
383
Thai index
389
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Shoichi Iwasaki is Professor of Asian languages and cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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