Books

Indonesian Reference Grammar
By James N. Sneddon
It provides a comprehensive description of the structure of the Indonesian language written in a clear, non-technical manner. It can readily be used by teachers and senior students who have no linguistic background. The common grammatical terms used are all clearly defined in an extensive glossary. By providing detailed information in a format meaningful to both teachers and students, Indonesian Reference Grammar fills a serious gap in the available resources.
Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar
By James N. Sneddon
This reference grammar provides a comprehensive description of the structure of the Indonesian language written in a clear, non-technical manner. It is a complete reference guide to the language as it is spoken and written by native speakers and can readily be used by speakers of Indonesian who have no linguistic background. It aims to be a linguistically rigorous and consistent description but as free as possible of linguistic jargon. All the major structures of Indonesian, from words to complex sentences, are described in detail.
Understanding Indonesian Grammar: a student’s reference and workbook
By James Neil Sneddon
Designed primarily for intermediate and advanced students in senior years of high school and at university. It provides a clear, non-technical description of the important structures in the language, together with practical exercises. It can be used with any Indonesian language course. The comprehensiveness and flexibility of Understanding Indonesian Grammar make it an indispensable resource for students and teachers of Indonesian.
The Indonesian Language: Its history and role in modern society
By James N. Sneddon
This book traces the origins and pre-colonial development of the language, the emergence of Classical Malay from the fourteenth century, the choice of Malay by the nationalist movement as the national language prior to independence, the planning associated with the adoption and implementation of the language, its borrowings from other language, its use in contemporary Indonesia and its future. The book challenges many assumptions about Indonesian, particularly countering the myth that Indonesian is a simple language.
Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian
By James N. Sneddon
It aims to describe aspects of the Indonesian language as spoken by educated Jakartans in everyday interactions. This style of language is in many ways significantly different from the formal language of government and education, to the extent that it deserves separate consideration. While formal Indonesian has been the subject of a considerable amount of description very little attention has been paid to informal styles of the language.
The Learner’s Dictionary of Today’s Indonesian
By George Quinn
The first genuine learner’s dictionary for English-speaking students of Indonesian which, rather than being a passive reference work, actively helps the user to generate language. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student of Indonesian, “The Learner’s Dictionary of Today’s Indonesian” is a tool intended to help you gain an authentic, up-to-date and active command of the language. It provides a detailed snapshot of the core vocabulary of Indonesian.
Tesaurus Bahasa Indonesia
By Eko Endarmoko
People in the business of writing and publishing definitely need this book. Every item has information about the grammatical status of a word (adjective, noun, verb, etc.), with etymology (Arabic, Balinese, Dutch, Chinese, Sanskrit, Javanese, Minangkabau, etc. origin), and notes, where relevant, on its relation to a particular branch of science (biology, anthropology, medicine, geography, psychology, etc.). People who use Bahasa Indonesia in daily conversation, or people who are studying it, will become its most frequent users.
Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia
By Pusat Bahasa Department of National Education
The Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language of the Language Center (Indonesian: Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia Pusat Bahasa (abbreviated in English and Indonesian as KBBI)) is the official dictionary of the Indonesian language. Produced by the Language Center of the Indonesian Department of Education, it is considered canonical as a measure of which words have been formally incorporated into Indonesian.

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