First published in 2010. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

chapter 1|11 pages

The alphabet and pronunciation

chapter 2|11 pages

Spelling and punctuation

chapter 3|15 pages

Forming words and compounds

chapter 4|23 pages

The noun and the noun phrase

chapter 5|12 pages

Adjectives, determiners, quantifiers

chapter 6|9 pages

Numerals and numerical expressions

chapter 7|17 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

Postpositional phrases

chapter 9|19 pages


chapter 10|11 pages


chapter 11|4 pages

Basic sentence structure

chapter 12|7 pages

Person marking in sentences

chapter 14|7 pages

Nominal sentences

chapter 15|14 pages

Verbal sentences

chapter 16|17 pages

The verb form

chapter 17|15 pages


chapter 18|19 pages


chapter 19|10 pages

Word order and intonation

chapter 20|12 pages

Relative clauses

chapter 21|14 pages

Noun clauses

chapter 22|15 pages

Adverbial clauses

chapter 23|6 pages

Conditional sentences

chapter 24|10 pages

Conversational features