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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195584511, Hardcover)The first dictionary of its kind available in New Zealand and the only dictionary any New Zealander will ever need. With over 100,000 definitions, including over 12,000 New Zealand entries and a wide range of encyclopedic information, it is the most extensive, authorative, and accessible dictionary ever published in New Zealand.
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"The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary is the first large-scale English dictionary especially prepared for New Zealand users. It contains entries for over 100,000 general English words and meanings of the kind found in works such as The Concise Oxford Dictionary, along with some 10,000 distinctive New Zealandisms of the kind found in the late Harry Orsman's Dictionary of New Zealand English (DNZE)." "The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary, like the works it derives from, is an 'encyclopedic' dictionary - that is, in addition to entries for words, compounds, idioms, and derivatives (providing information about the general vocabulary of English), it also includes more than 10,000 encyclopedic entries (providing information about the world, especially its notable persons and places). The biographical entries not only give the important facts about a person's life and work, but also place their life and achievements in the context of their particular field or historical period. The place-name entries not only locate the place in question, but also provide detail about the character of the place and its historical, economic, or political importance. Longer articles are provided for countries and major regions and cities." "Other proper-name entries cover a wide range of topics; they include, for example, entries on political parties, religious organisations, historical events, celestial bodies, and mythological and fictional characters." "Users of dictionaries increasingly seek guidance on matters of controversial or disputed usage. This dictionary contains more than 500 usage notes dealing with such matters. These are visually highlighted in the text."."A series of appendices provides materials that are best presented separately from the main dictionary. As well as historical, geographical, and other information in tabular form, users will find an alphabetically arranged section on grammar and punctuation, an account of 'English in Electronic Communications', and the English and Maori versions of both the Treaty of Waitangi and the national anthem 'God Defend New Zealand'."--BOOK JACKET.
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