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The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary (review)

The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary (review) Reviews3 1 7 The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary. Robert W. Burchfield. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1986. xxvi + 901 pp. $NZ A dictionary described as "pocket" cannot often be the subject of a review of more than a few lines. In the case of The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary [NZPOD], however, there are reasons for a more extended treatment. It is edited by the Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, who has this year brought to completion its four-volume Supplement. Himself a New Zealander, Burchfield is one of a number of New Zealand scholars in and around Oxford and its London- based University Press, who are sometimes jocularly referred to, even by themselves, as the New Zealand Mafia (cf. s.v. mafia--sometimes spelt pseudo-Maoriwise mawhia). Recent editions of the Concise Oxford and Pocket Oxford did give increased attention to the English of the Antipodes, but it is just in the last few years that New Zealand has begun to acquire dictionaries of its own. In 1979 H. W. Orsman of Victoria University, Wellington, produced the Heinemann New Zealand Dictionary, which claimed justly to be "the first dictionary of New Zealand English and New Zealand pronunciation [reviewed in Dictionaries http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

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Reviews3 1 7 The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary. Robert W. Burchfield. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1986. xxvi + 901 pp. $NZ A dictionary described as "pocket" cannot often be the subject of a review of more than a few lines. In the case of The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary [NZPOD], however, there are reasons for a more extended treatment. It is edited by the Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, who has this year brought to completion its four-volume Supplement. Himself a New Zealander, Burchfield is one of a number of New Zealand scholars in and around Oxford and its London- based University Press, who are sometimes jocularly referred to, even by themselves, as the New Zealand Mafia (cf. s.v. mafia--sometimes spelt pseudo-Maoriwise mawhia). Recent editions of the Concise Oxford and Pocket Oxford did give increased attention to the English of the Antipodes, but it is just in the last few years that New Zealand has begun to acquire dictionaries of its own. In 1979 H. W. Orsman of Victoria University, Wellington, produced the Heinemann New Zealand Dictionary, which claimed justly to be "the first dictionary of New Zealand English and New Zealand pronunciation [reviewed in Dictionaries

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1986

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