University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 193 pages
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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The Sound System
From Sentence to Affix
Classification of Verbs Verblike Idioms
Verb Affixes and Thematic Consonants
Postposed Phrasal Elements
Nouns and Substitutes Locative Nouns Compounds