Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar
Published June 17th 2008 by Routledge – 442 pages
Series: Routledge Comprehensive Grammars
Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Dutch grammar. This completely updated new edition covers the new spelling system introduced in 1997 and the latest reform of 2005. A new section covers modal particles.
Concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Dutch through lively and accessible descriptions of the language, the Grammar is an essential reference source for the learner of Dutch, irrespective of level. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types as well as being indispensable to those teaching themselves.
The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Dutch grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the language, and provides full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis is on Dutch as used by present-day native-speakers. An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access to the information they require.
• detailed treatment of the common grammatical structures and parts of speech
• extensive exemplification
• particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty
• Dutch-English parallels highlighted throughout the book
'It will be indispensable for all English-speaking serious students of the Dutch language.' - Signpost, April 2000
'I have long sought a book which was able to clearly, though not necessarily simply, describe the Dutch language in a logical and comprehensible manner.' Amazon.co.uk reviewer
'An excellent reference grammar with clear explanations that do not require an in-depth understanding of generic grammatical terms.' Amazon.com reviewer
1 Pronunciation 2 Spelling 3 Punctuation 4 Cases 5 Articles 6 Demonstratives 7 Nouns 8 Pronouns 9 Adjectives 10 Adverbs 11 Verbs 12 Conjunctions 13 Prepositions 14 Numerals 15 ‘Er’ 16 Negation
Bruce Donaldson is a former lecturer in Dutch and German at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Colloquial Dutch and Colloquial Dutch 2, Colloquial Afrikaans, German: An Essential Grammar and Mastering German Vocabulary (all published by Routledge)