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A Grammar of Afrikaans
     

A Grammar of Afrikaans

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by Bruce C. Donaldson
 

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The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There are no restrictions as to

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The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There are no restrictions as to language family or area, and although special attention is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and valuable treatments of better known languages are also included. No theoretical model is imposed on the authors; the only criterion is a high standard of scientific quality.

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Afrikaans has been one of the two official languages of the Republic of South Africa (the other, of course, being English) since 1925 when an act of parliament replaced Dutch with Afrikaans. It is the mother tongue of at least five million South Africans as well as some tens of thousands of Namibians (of whom about half the speakers are blacks or other people of color). This volume puts a useful descriptive grammar at the disposal of a world public, presenting a more complete description of the grammar that any to date for non-native speakers. It concentrates on the most common grammatical and phonological variants of Afrikaans and describes the language very much as it is spoken now, which means riddled with thousands of Anglicisms which either are no longer recognized as such or, if they are, are now considered an integral part of the language. It also gives considerable attention to where Afrikaans differs from English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Mouton de Gruyter
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Grammar of Afrikaans 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TGMitchell More than 1 year ago
After you have gone through several beginner books on Afrikaans and you wish to hone your language skills, reach for "A Grammar of Afrikaans" by Bruce C. Donaldson. Here you will find the finer points of the language. Professor Donaldson is the Australian master teacher of Afrikaans for English-speakers. His book is the most highly detailed account of all aspects of the language. Each major point and sub-point of grammar is organized numerically for ease of reference. For those who wish further study, Donaldson includes a seven-page detailed bibliography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago