New Zealand English

  • new zealand english
    regionnew zealand
    ethnicitynew zealanders
    native speakers
    3.8 million in new zealand (2013 census)[1]
    150,000 l2 speakers of english in new zealand (crystal 2003)
    language family
    indo-european
    • germanic
      • west germanic
        • ingvaeonic
          • anglo–frisian
            • english
              • new zealand english
    early forms
    old english
    • middle english
      • 19th century british english
    writing system
    latin (english alphabet)
    unified english braille
    language codes
    iso 639-3
    newz1240[2]
    ietfen-nz
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    new zealand english (nze) is the variant of the english language spoken and written by most english-speaking new zealanders.[3] its language code in iso and internet standards is en-nz.[4] english is the first language of the majority of the population.

    the english language was established in new zealand by colonists during the 19th century. it is one of "the newest native-speaker variet[ies] of the english language in existence, a variety which has developed and become distinctive only in the last 150 years".[5] the most distinctive influences on new zealand english have come from australian english, english in southern england, irish english, scottish english, the prestige received pronunciation (rp), and māori.[6] new zealand english is most similar to australian english in pronunciation, with some key differences.[7]

  • dictionaries
  • historical development
  • phonology
  • vocabulary
  • usage
  • māori influence
  • dialects and accents
  • spelling
  • see also
  • references
  • bibliography
  • further reading
  • external links

New Zealand English
RegionNew Zealand
EthnicityNew Zealanders
Native speakers
3.8 million in New Zealand (2013 census)[1]
150,000 L2 speakers of English in New Zealand (Crystal 2003)
Early forms
Latin (English alphabet)
Unified English Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-3
newz1240[2]
IETFen-NZ
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New Zealand English (NZE) is the variant of the English language spoken and written by most English-speaking New Zealanders.[3] Its language code in ISO and Internet standards is en-NZ.[4] English is the first language of the majority of the population.

The English language was established in New Zealand by colonists during the 19th century. It is one of "the newest native-speaker variet[ies] of the English language in existence, a variety which has developed and become distinctive only in the last 150 years".[5] The most distinctive influences on New Zealand English have come from Australian English, English in southern England, Irish English, Scottish English, the prestige Received Pronunciation (RP), and Māori.[6] New Zealand English is most similar to Australian English in pronunciation, with some key differences.[7]