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Serbian: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) Paperback – May 27, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0415286411 ISBN-10: 0415286417 Edition: New Ed

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Essential Grammars
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (May 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415286417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415286411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lila Hammond, who used to teach Serbian at the University of Westminster, now teaches at the Defence School of Languages, Beaconsfield.

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Lila Hammond's SERBIAN: An Essential Grammar is a fairly standard entry in Routledge's Essential Grammars line, which describes the basics of a language from a synchronic perspective. Besides nominal declension and verb conjugation paradigms, we find guides to such idiomatic usage as days, months and dates, telling time, age, and weights and measures. The guidance on syntax, especially the placement of enclitics which can be challenging for English speakers, will prove very helpful.

While this is a helpful reference for students of Serbian, as well as an entertaining book people who just speak another Slavonic language and want to get a general feel for Serbian, it unfortunately has a few shortcomings. The complicated matter of the Serbian tonal accent is basically discounted as unimportant for foreigners, getting only two pages which raise more questions than they settle. The typesetting is quite odd in that for the sound /u/, the Cyrillic small letter straight u is used, which is normally found in Turkic languages for the high front rounded vowel; I assume the publisher just made a mistake and substituted this for the normal Cyrillic u. There are also several irksome typos in the paradigms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Jim on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a decent selection, considering there are few competent books on Serbian out there. Any person with either a little Serbian knowledge or even a linguistic academic background and some studying motivation can pick it up respectively, otherwise keep looking. Also, the information is dense and cluttered, I've seen better organization. Otherwise it is one of the better books on Serbian language and I recommend having it if you are serious about finding a reference.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DFG on September 26, 2005
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There is a lot of good information in this book, but the presentation makes it difficult to find. The index is too general and it's often hard to locate or distinguish between subsections.

It's also written in a very formal, academic style, which makes it difficult for the learner without a strong background in linguistics.
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By Elisabeth Wagner on August 18, 2014
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Good structure. Easy example.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plotfather on March 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was really disappointed. First off, the font used is terrible; it makes distinguishing sections difficult. The discussion on grammar is pretty tedious and it is real easy to lose interest in it as I did. It should have, considering the high price, come with a CD for the student to be able to practice correct pronunciation.
This book is poor value and one would be better off with the Teach Yourself Serbian series by Norris/Ribnikar.
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