- Series: Routledge Essential Grammars
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415383889
- ISBN-13: 978-0415383882
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Korean: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) 1st Edition
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"I think the book serves considerably more than a pedagogical function, and will be a valued descriptive and data resource for anyone who is curious about how this language is organized. It also will be a source of inspiration for graduate students in linguistics, who increasingly are pursuing projects on the structural aspects of Korean... I think this is a fine, careful contribution to the scholarship on Korean, from both linguistic and pedagogical perspectives, and I expect it to rank among the most influential, most accessible English-language expositions on Korean." - Gregory K. Iverson, University of Maryland; The Journal of Asian Studies; Volume 69/3, August 2010
About the Author
Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs, and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the George Washington University in DC.
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Too distracting and I don't need it! I can read Korean.
It's hard to get past it to focus on the TINY Korean words.
The book is not large, the typeface is too small.
It diagrams and disects Korean grammar to the point of
dizzy and nauseousness. I speak Korean and it's not
necessary to do that! Like sitting in the most boring lecture
hall class on hour number 2 with 2 hours left.
To much writing about Korea and history and why everything
is what it is in Korea ... that's nice, but it won't help you speak
well. Just the "how to's" on the language please.
It's going back.
Kim-Renaud describes Korean grammar in a vigorous manner, wielding linguistic terminology expertly and showing an awareness of the latest syntactic theories. That's rather a problem. Routledge's "Essential Grammars" line is generally meant for everyday students who want a lightweight grammar they can carry to class with them. Kim-Renaud's grammar, on the other hand, will prove daunting for ordinary students. (I am a linguist and even I found his description challenging). It's not a matter of Korean grammar being remote from that of English and therefore requiring more depth; a look at Routledge's HUNGARIAN: An Essential Grammar shows that you can describe grammatical concepts alien to English speakers without a sea of specialist terminology.
The bottom line is that there's nothing wrong with Kim-Renaud's description of Korean, but it's curious that Routledge decided to issue this in the "Essential Grammars" series, and students are better off purchasing another, more friendly grammar to accompany their studies.