A Reference Grammar of Thai
Cambridge University Press, Apr 9, 2009 - Foreign Language Study - 420 pages
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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The structure of words
Personal reference terms
The structure of noun phrases
Numeral classifiers 73
Adverbs and adverbial phrases
Verbs and transitivity
Serial verb constructions
Quotation and the complementizer waa
YesNo and tag questions
Interrogative and indefinite expressions
Benefactive and purposive