Sintaksis Dialek Kelantan
I bought this wonderful book when I was in Kelantan three months ago. I remember I was the only human being browsing excitedly through a huge collection of linguistic books at a hidden bookstore opposite Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu. It was not really a popular bookstore because, judging from the academic (and boring) titles available there, no one would likely be interested to drop by. So, it was very quiet and peaceful, which made me very happy since I could have all the space for myself. But I had a hard time locating the titles that I wanted since all the books seemed to be lumped together in one broad category – linguistics. I didn’t understand why the management was too lazy to keep an effective classification system.
“Can you find the title in your database?” I asked the bored-looking sales assistant.
“I’m sorry, we don’t have a database.”
“I’m sorry. But why are you looking for these books?” he asked, as if it was his business to know the motive behind a customer’s choice.
“Oh, these books are for my PhD project in Melbourne.”
“You’re studying Kelantan dialect in Australia?”
“Yep, is there a problem?”
The sales assistant must be too curious with his one-and-only customer in the bookstore. I hope he would report my situation to his boss and get a proper system. Anyway, I spent a few good hours searching manually through tonnes of books and finally found what I needed. It was a total delight to find Sintaksis Dialek Kelantan by Abdul Hamid Mahmood which has been a tremendous help in my research. When I showed it to John later in Melbourne, he was over the moon as if I had bought it as a gift for him. The book ended up being with him for two months before he returned it to me. Through the many meetings that we had, this book has been a major source for our analysis of Kelantan dialect. In fact, we discovered a lot of amazing phonetic and phonological details which surprised me even more. I should one day go back to the bookstore and thank the management for selling this great book. I hope they have found a good classification system.