‘[an] astonishing amount of information…it is a very concentrated and rich compendium of useful information for anyone interested in learning the language.’ Asian Studies Review (Yingshi Chu)
This is a third, revised edition of Stuart Robson’s highly successful guide to the grammar of the Javanese language, spoken by around 80,000,000 speakers on the island of Java. The book progresses from simple to more complex topics, facilitating a steady increase in language proficiency. Fresh examples have been added, as well as a section entitled ‘How do you say it in Javanese?’, arranged under 120 headwords and taking the viewpoint of speakers of English wanting an equivalent to an English idiom. There is an introduction and a note on the language levels of Javanese, important for social interaction.
This book will be of interest to students of Indonesian wanting deeper knowledge of communication on the island of Java, to researchers considering fieldwork in Java, to linguists making comparative studies of Indonesian languages, and to outsiders undertaking employment in Java.
Stuart Robson was born in Sydney but spent many years overseas, in Holland, Indonesia and New Zealand. He taught Javanese at the University of Leiden from 1977 to 1990 before returning to Australia. He was Associate Professor of Indonesian at Monash University from 1991 to 2001.