Hawaiian Grammar

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 193 pages
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Without question, this is the definitive grammar of the Hawaiian language. Indeed it is the first attempt at a comprehensive treatment of the subject since W.D. Alexander published his concise Short Synopsis of the Most Essential Points in Hawaiian Grammar in 1864. This grammar is intended as a companion to the Hawaiian Dictionary, by the same authors.

The grammar was written with every student of the Hawaiian language in mind - from the casual interested layperson to the professional linguist and grammarian. Although it was obviously impossible to avoid technical terms, their use was kept to a minimum, and a glossary is included for those who need its help. Each point of grammar is illustrated with examples, many from Hawaiian-language literature.

 

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Contents

The Sound System
10
From Sentence to Affix
39
Classification of Verbs Verblike Idioms
46
Verb Markers
57
Verb Affixes and Thematic Consonants
64
Postposed Phrasal Elements
90
Nouns and Substitutes Locative Nouns Compounds
105
Prepositions
131
Determiners Numerals and Plurals
153
Conjunctions and Complex Sentences
164
Interjections
174
References
185
Index
191
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About the author (2001)

Samuel H. Elbert, professor emeritus of Pacific languages and linguistics at the University of Hawaii, taught the Hawaiian language for many years and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the language today. He is author of the textbook Spoken Hawaiian and is co-author with Mary Pukui of Hawaiian Dictionary, and with Mary Pukui and Esther Mookini of Place Names of Hawaii.

Mary Kawena Pukui was a noted authority on the Hawaiian language. She had a long professional association with the Bernice P. Bishop Museum and translated many Hawaiian historical documents. She coauthored, with Samuel H. Elbert, the Hawaiian Dictionary and Place Names of Hawaii.

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