This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Turkish grammar. It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Turkish. The book is an essential reference source for learners and users of Turkish at the intermediate level and beyond. The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Turkish grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language, and provides full and clear explanations and examples. Throughout, the emphasis is on Turkish as used by present-day native speakers. An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require. Features include: · coverage of every aspect of the grammar, from the simplest constructions to areas of higher complexity · full illustration of every point with up-to-date examples · particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty · Turkish-English parallels highlighted throughout the book · comprehensive glossary of all grammatical terms · cross-references included throughout and detailed index for ease of access.