PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

This is a revised version of the textbook of Estonian grammar published in July 1991 for the 150-hour intensive course of the Estonian language held on July 22 - August 31, 1991 at the Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In this new edition, I have added an introductory chapter dealing with statistical data on the speakers of the language and describing the orthography and phonetics.

In compiling this textbook, extensive use was made of the following work:

I am grateful to Dr. Toomas Help, who checked the Estonian-language examples as well as made many useful suggestions for the 1991 version of this grammar. Many Estonian example sentences he produced during the intensive course are also included in this new version.

Tokyo - May 15, 1999 - Kazuto Matsumura