LINGUIST List 16.406

Thu Feb 10 2005

Books: Lang Description, Thai: Iwasaki, Ingkaphirom

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        1.    Joyce Reid, A Reference Grammar of Thai: Iwasaki, Ingkaphirom

Message 1: A Reference Grammar of Thai: Iwasaki, Ingkaphirom

Date: 07-Feb-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: A Reference Grammar of Thai: Iwasaki, Ingkaphirom

Title: A Reference Grammar of Thai
Series Title: Reference Grammars
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:

Author: Shoichi Iwasaki, University of California, Los Angeles
Author: Preeya Ingkaphirom, Tokyo Gakugei University
Hardback: ISBN: 0521650852 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 100.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0521650852 Pages: 416 Price: U.K. £ 60.00

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 serialization, 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.

1. Introduction

2. The structure of words

3. Personal reference terms

4. The structure of noun phrases

5. Numeral classifiers

6. Demonstratives

7. Adjectives

8. Adverbs and adverbial phrases

9. Verbs and transitivity

10. Challengeability marker: /cå/

11. Modality

12. Aspect

13. Linking particle: /kç›/

14. Speech level particles

15. Pragmatic particles

16. Body-part expressions

17. Copulative sentences

18. Serial verb construction

19. Relative clauses

20. Complementation

21. Quotation and complementizer /wâa/

22. Adverbial clauses

23. 'Yes/No' and tag questions

24. Interrogative and indefinite expressions

25. Reciprocal, distributive, and collective: /kan/

26. Passive

27. Causative

28. Benefactive and purposive

29. Potential

30. Discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Thai (THJ)

Written In: English (ENG )

See this book announcement on our website:

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Blackwell Publishing
Elsevier Ltd.
Hodder Arnold
John Benjamins

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