Book of New Zealand Words 

Book of NZ Words

Author: Dr Dianne Bardsley
Illustrator: John Reynolds
Publication date: July 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 Māori 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, the Book of New Zealand Words is a ‘box of birds’ for anyone interested in words.


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About the author 

Dr Dianne Bardsley is a noted lexicographer, former Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre and lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Languages at Victoria University of Wellington. A regular media commentator, she has authored and contributed to many dictionaries and books on social history and language. Among her favourite New Zealandisms are howlybag, huckery and poozler.

NZ RRP (incl. GST): $44.99
Extent: 336 pp
Illustrations: 26 b&w artworks specially created by John Reynolds
Format: 216mm x 140mm
Binding: HB
ISBN: 978-1-877385-84-1

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