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
Price € 57.50