A Grammar of Modern Uyghur

Frederick De Jong


Modern Uyghur is a Turkic language which is predominantly spoken in the Shinjang (Xinjiang) Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It belongs to the Eastern or Chaghatay branch of the Turkic languages.

Few texts exist which can be used for learning Modern Uyghur, which is one of the least researched Turkic languages. This grammar is the first English-based learning grammar for this language. It is partially Latin-based while it also uses categorisations rooted in the work of Chagatay grammarians. It pays attention to dialect forms when these forms are on the way to become part of the standard written language. To facilitate its use, an index of the elements of grammar covered, and an English-Uyghur vocabulary are included at the end of this book.

By mastering its contents and by carefully going through the numerous examples, the student should be able to read Uyghur publications with the aid of a dictionary. At the same time, this grammar can be used fruitfully as the basis for Uyghur courses at all levels. In conjunction with the study of Frederick De Jong et al., Uyghur. A Manual for Conversation (Utrecht: Houtsma 2005) and the accompanying audio-CD, basis conversational skills can be acquired.

A Grammar of Modern Uyghur, Frederick De Jong, Utrecht 2007, 290 pages
(ISBN 978-90-801040-8-2)
Price 57.50  


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