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The New Zealand Dictionary

By | Copyright Year:1995 | ISBN-13: 9780170132848

Published:15/10/1994
The ready acceptance of the first edition and the up-dating of parts of the research database, plus generous comments and suggestions for improvement allowed the prompt completion of the second edition of this unique dictionary only 15 months after the release of the first. This is now available in a sewn limp-covered edition. The jacketted Library Edition is now out of print. This is the first comprehensive dictionary of distinctive New Zealand English which is one of the youngest regional dialects of English but equal in status with such older regional dialects as those of Britain, North America or Australia. It is obvious that its differences from these other varieties of English must be much fewer than the similarities. However, dialect study tends to focus not on the vast common ground but rather on the distinctive differences in the broad area of spelling, grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. Most readers rely on the differences in the last two - pronunciation and vocabulary - to indicate the existence of a really distinctive New Zealand dialect. In this respect the special contribution of loanwords from Maori is most noticeable. The dictionary includes the most frequently used words and phrases which are in some way distinctively, and often exclusively, part of the spoken or written language of English-speaking New Zealanders. The dictionary makes the further obvious point that New Zealand English is a national language, one of two recognised by New Zealanders as their own.

CONTENTS

Prefaces
First and second editions
New Zealand English past and present
NEW ZEALAND ENGLISH AS A REGIONAL DIALECT
The British Comparison
THE NEW ZEALAND ACCENT
Origins in the 19th Century
Attitudes to a New Zealand accent
THE PRONUNCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND ENGLISH
Vowels
Diphthongs
Consonants
Spelling pronunciations
Intonation
Variations within
NEW ZEALAND ENGLISH VOCABULARY
New Zealandisms
Lexical change and New Zealand English
Borrowings from Maori
Word-formation or growth from within
Changes of meaning (semantic change)
Survivals from British dialects
Words in regional use
CONCLUSION
The pronunciation of loanwords from Maori
Pronunciation guide
How to use the dictionary
The Dictionary

FEATURES

Some 4,500 headwords with a total word count of over 190,000

Headwords cover historical and present uses; general,regional and specialist uses; a variety of registers from colloquial to formal

Many entries are illustrated with quotations by New Zealanders

Origins and derivations are given where known or helpful

Loanwords, especially those from Maori, are identifi ed

A comprehensive essay on New Zealand English both past and present is provided as an introduction

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