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Grammar

Postby dsuursoo » 2007-06-05, 17:18

so, what resources do you all know of, both in print and online, that deliver a thorough overview of grammar and syntax in Estonian?

most of the stuff I myself have found has been either fragmentary, incomplete, or contradictory. I'd like to find something fairly thorough, with some decent explanations of why rather than just some too-simple examples.

maybe something that explains why/how cases and tenses are to line up and agree in a sentence, etc etc.

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Postby Loiks » 2007-06-05, 18:16

One thing I'd mention is Eesti Keele Käsiraamat (http://www.eki.ee/books/ekkr). But it is in Estonian only. No thorough grammars in English to my knowledge, at least I've never found anything from internet.

There is a book called "Eesti keele grammatika" I-II. Only printed version, also in Estonian obviously.

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Postby dsuursoo » 2007-06-05, 19:05

no, that helps bigtime, knowing those are out there... any source on the book?

the translation exercise should give me a good workout vocabulary-wise.

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Postby Loiks » 2007-06-07, 16:05

I really don't know how would you get the book in US. Since it is published in mid nineties it's probably sold out from book stores here, sometimes you can get a copy from the publisher though even years later (I assume dictionaries aren't usually bestsellers). So, a certain place to find it would be an Estonian library and university libraries abroad where Estonian is taught. Actually I don't know...

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Postby dsuursoo » 2007-06-09, 18:54

well, I'll certainly keep those sources in mind.

my wife bought me 'E Nagu Eesti' as a early father's day gift. i've yet to crack it open, due to time, but i hope to soon.

the one i really want is a copy of Tuldava's textbook.

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Postby Ada H. » 2007-06-12, 4:05

Maybe these are of some use:

Tauli, Valter "Standard Estonian Grammar" I, II. Uppsala University 1973, 1983.
Harms, Robert T. "Estonian Grammar" - Uralic and Altaic Series, vol. 12. 1962.
Erelt, Mati (ed.) "Estonian Language" – Linguistica Uralica Supplementary Series, vol. 1. 2003.

But as for why grammar is as it is, I am afraid the most common answer would be something like "because for reasons unknown to us it has historically formed to turn out this way" :)

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Postby dsuursoo » 2007-06-20, 20:17

well, not so broad of a 'why' is what i'm after.

mainly the whys of how a particular set of cases go together. the way the suffixes, etc, work.

that sort of why.


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