Blog Archives

When the conversation lollies run out, Patrick Evans

The Dictionary of New Zealand English: New Zealand words and their origins ed H W Orsman Oxford University Press, $150.00, ISBN 0 19 558347 7 It is nearly 20 years since I and a number of fellow conference-goers spent an

See more ›

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Language, Non-fiction and Review

The logology of aa to zz, Howard Warner

The Dictionary of Two‑Letter Words in English Jeff Grant Glenda Foster, no price given, no ISBN Available from the author, Waipatu Settlement Road, RD2, Hastings Did you know that the American spelling “ax” existed in English long before “axe” did?

See more ›

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Language, Non-fiction and Review

Exploding the myths of newzilnspeak, David Britain

Kiwitalk: Sociolinguistics and New Zealand Society Donn Bayard Dunmore Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 86469 220 X Among the many revolutions that took place in New Zealand in the 1980s, one was sociolinguistic. Twenty years ago, very little had been written

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Language, Non-fiction, Review and Sociology

Keeping the specs clean, Janet Holmes

Every researcher has a responsibility to the wider community, although the best way of meeting that responsibility will vary. It may mean illuminating our teaching with information from our research, it may involve sharing the intellectual excitement of the research

See more ›

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Comment and Language

Wincing and reading on, Barbara Mabbett

Style Book: a guide for New Zealand writers and editors Derek Wallace and Janet Hughes, (revised and expanded) GP Publications, $29.95 ISBN 1 86956 123 6 The word “style”, occupying as it does several columns of the Big Oxford, can be

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Language, Non-fiction and Review

Kei Te Mātāwai Te Tikanga, Charles Royal

Te Mātāwai, Nā Hepora Young o Te Arawā ēnei pukapuka i whakahaere Hepora Young Tuatahi: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Daphne Brasell Associates, $12.95, Tuarua: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Huia, $14.95, Tuatoru: Te Puni Kōkiri/ Huia, $14.95, Tuawhā: Te Puni Kōkiri/

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Language, Maori, Non-fiction and Review

A multi‑media resource, Patrick King

Te Māhuri John C Moorfield, Longman Paul, $49.95 The first textbook of the Māori language published in New Zealand was Thomas Kendall’s A Korao no New Zealand; or the New Zealander’s First Book; being an attempt to compose some lessons for

See more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Language, Maori, Non-fiction and Review
Search
Search by category

Read more