New Zealand English

Its Origins and Evolution

by Elizabeth Gordon, Lyle Campbell, Jennifer Hay, Margaret Maclagan, Andrea Sudbury,

New Zealand English - at just 150 years old - is one of the newest varieties of English, and is unique in that its full history and development are documented in extensive audio-recordings. The rich corpus of spoken language provided by New Zealand's 'mobile disk unit' has provided insight into how the earliest New Zealand-born settlers spoke, and consequently, how this new variety of English developed. On the basis of these recordings, this book examines and analyses the extensive linguistic changes New Zealand English has undergone since it was first spoken in the 1850s. The authors, all experts in phonetics and sociolinguistics, use the data to test previous explanations for new dialect formation, and to challenge current claims about the nature of language change. The first ever corpus-based study of the evolution of New Zealand English, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in phonetics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and dialectology.
  • Cambridge University Press; May 2004
  • ISBN 9780511192135
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  • Title: New Zealand English
  • Author: Elizabeth Gordon; Lyle Campbell; Jennifer Hay; Margaret Maclagan; Andrea Sudbury; Peter Trudgill
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'... offers illuminating and well-organised conclusions for what can be said to be an excellently grounded theory on the origins of NZE.' Estudios de Sociolinguistica