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Korean: An Essential Grammar

Publisher: , 2009.
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From the publisher’s website:

Korean: An Essential Grammar is a concise and convenient guide to the basic grammatical structure of standard Korean. Presenting a fresh and accessible description of the language, this engaging Grammar uses clear, jargon-free explanations and sets out the complexities of Korean in short, readable sections.

Key features include:

  • clear explanations of grammatical terms
  • frequent use of authentic examples
  • the Korean alphabet used alongside McCune-Reischauer romanization system
  • a full glossary of explanations.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Notations
Introduction Korean and its speakers
1. Writing system
1.1. History
1.2. Inventory
1.3. Romanization
2. Pronunciation
2.1. The Syllable
2.2. Consonants
2.3. Vowels
2.4. Intonation
3. Sentence
3.1. The elements of a simple sentence
3.2. Sentence patterns
3.3. Basic word order
4. Words
4.1. Types of vocabulary
4.2. Expanding words
5. Verbs
5.1. Action verbs
5.2. Descriptive verbs
5.3. Two kinds of ‘be’
5.4. Making new verbs
5.5. Marking time and aspect
5.6. Honorification
5.7. Causatives and passives
6. Nouns, pronouns, classifiers, noun phrases
6.1. Proper and common nouns
6.2. Pronouns
6.3. Numerals and numeral classifiers
6.3. Making new nouns
6.4. Making noun phrases
6.5. Noun compounds
6.6. Word order in noun phrases
6.7. Case marking
7. Modifiers
7.1 Adverbs
7.2 Noun modifiers
7.3 Deictics
8. Mimetic words
8.1. Reduplication
8.2. Vowel
9. Negation
9.1. Short-form
9.2. Long-form
10. Expanded sentences
10.1. Compound sentences
10.2. Complex sentences
11. Casual speech
12. Linguistic protocol
12.1. Choosing the appropriate speech form
12.2. Honorific readjustments and politeness strategies
12.3. Language, ideology, and society
Glossary of terms with explanations
List of particles, suffixes, and sentential endings
Further reading

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