Living Language

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A compilation of 100 columns on language, this book celebrates the work of a sociolinguist who comments on matters of linguistic debate in a weekly column in the Christchurch Press. Each entry provides a fascinating reflection on the oddities of New Zealand speech, and the discussion pits English language purists against those who fully embrace both the Kiwi accent and the picturesque local vocabulary.


Elizabeth Gordon is a former professor in the English and linguistics departments of the University of Canterbury. She is the author of Finding Our Own Voice: New Zealand English in the Making.