Dirty silence: aspects of language and literature in New Zealand

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Graham McGregor, Mark Williams, Ray Harlow
Oxford University Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 179 pages
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This collection of essays addresses the issue of language use in New Zealand, focusing in particular on Maori and New Zealand English. Written by scholars and writers living in New Zealand, the essays examine two aspects of language study. The essays in the first half deal with broadly linguistic aspects such as the historical development of the languages, contemporary issues affecting their linguistic character, and matters of political and social concern in their everyday use. Those in the second half have a more literary focus, exploring oral and narrative traditions of early Pakeha writers on the one hand, and contrasting traditions in Pakeha and Maori writers on the other.

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The Development of Spoken English in New Zealand
The Role of the Sociolinguist in Society
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