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Book of New Zealand Words
Book of New Zealand Words

Book of New Zealand Words

Compiled by Dianne Bardsley, Illustrated by John Reynolds


424 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $35.00)

Publication Date: July 2013

ISBN 9781877385841

Rights: US, CA & ASIA

Te Papa Press (Jul 2013)

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This elegant, expert, and utterly up-to-date book contains over 1,500 samples from New Zealand’s distinctive vocabulary.The informative introduction examines the development of New Zealand English, the distinctive influence of the Maori language, and the connections between society, the media, and our language. The author traces the origins of ‘New Zealandisms’ – from politics, food, sports, and recreation to common and colloquial sources.Specially illustrated by the artist John Reynolds, with works from his masterpiece Cloud and all-new page art, New Zealand Words is a ‘box of birds’ for anyone interested in words.

Author Biography

Dianne Bardsley is Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Languages. She has written several books and was a major contributor to the New Zealand Oxford Dictionary (2005) and the New Partridge Dictionary of Slang (9th edition).