Dictionaries and other publications

Oxford New Zealand Dictionaries

To order any of these dictionaries, go to the Oxford University Press.

Linked publications

Other New Zealand Dictionaries compiled at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

A Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language. Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books (1997)

A Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language. Bridget Williams Books (2001)

Other publications


  • Bardsley, Dianne 2013 The Book of New Zealand Words. Wellington: Te Papa Press
  • Bauer, Laurie, Dianne Bardsley, Janet Holmes & Paul Warren 2011 Q and Eh: Questions and Answers on Language with a Kiwi Twist. Auckland: Random House.
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2009. In the Paddock and On the Run: The Language of Rural New Zealand. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2000. The Land Girls: In a Man’s World 1939-1946. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Bardsley Dianne. 1998. Nights of Little Light. (NZ Language and Literature in Context) Auckland: New House Publishers.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 1996. Land Girls (drama) Auckland: New House Publishers Glory Boys (drama) Auckland: New House Publishers
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 1996. Grandma Gordon’s Gorgeous Garden. Wellington: APB Publishing Ltd.
  • Bardsley, Dianne & M.J. Burr. 1995. The Mindless Enemy (NZ Language and Literature in Context) Auckland: New House Publishers
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 1995. The Mindless Enemy Teacher Handbook. Auckland: New House Publishers.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 1991. Factors Relating to the Differential Reading Attitudes, Habits and Interests of Adolescents. Ministry of Education.


  • Bardsley, Dianne 2013 The New Zealand Senior School Oxford Dictionary 5th edition. Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2011 New Zealand Oxford Primary School Dictionary & Thesaurus Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2011 NZ Oxford Junior Dictionary 4th ed
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2009. The New Zealand Oxford Primary School Dictionary. Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2008. The New Zealand Oxford Integrated School Dictionary & Thesaurus Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2006. The New Zealand Oxford School Dictionary Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2005. The New Zealand Oxford School Thesaurus Melbourne: OUP
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2005. The New Zealand Oxford Mini Thesaurus Melbourne: OUP

Chapters in books (most recent and selected)

  • Bardsley, Dianne 2013 Slang in Godzone Aotearoa-New Zealand in Coleman, Julie (ed) Global English Slang: Methodologies & Perspectives. Oxford: Routledge
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2013 A Far-flung Tongue: the lexis of William Colenso in published conference proceedings Gazing with a Trained Eye, William Colenso Bicentenary Conference, Napier, November 2011
  • Bardsley, Dianne & Jane Simpson. ‘Hypocoristics in New Zealand and Australian English’ in Comparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English (2009) ed Pam Peters, Peter Collins & Adam Smith. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 49-70
  • Bardsley, Dianne. ‘Looking West, Late Afternoon. Low Tide: A visual pataka of cultural and socio-historical data’ in Simmons, Laurence (2008) Certain Words Drawn: John Reynolds continued Auckland: Godwit; 53-63
  • Bardsley, Dianne. ‘New Zealand or Aotearoa – Land of the long white cloud’ in Ronowicz, Eddie & Colin Yallop (2007) English: One Language, Different Cultures London: Continuum: 175-218

Edited works

  • Bardsley, Dianne (editor) (2006) Wellington Working Papers in Linguistics 18. (New Zealand English)
  • Bardsley, Dianne. (editor) NZWords (Vols 7-13)
  • Deverson, Tony. (editor) NZWords (Vols 1-6)

Journal articles

  • Bardsley, Dianne 2004- 2013 (ed and contributor) NZWords (annual publication from NZ Dictionary Centre published by OUP, Melbourne)
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2010 ‘The increasing use of hypocoristics in New Zealand English in New Zealand English Journal 24. 55-65
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2009. ‘Papers Past: A Twenty-First Century National Taonga’, NZWords 13.
  • Deverson, Tony. 2009. ‘Recognising New Zealandisms’ NZWords 13
  • Bardsley, Dianne (2008) Review of Oxford Student’s Dictionary for Learners using English to study other subjects (2007) in TESOLANZ 17:3 November 2008.
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2010 Review: Shear Hard Work: A History of New Zealand Shearing by
    Hazel Riseborough, Auckland University Press 2010 in ‘New Zealand Journal of History’ 44.2.
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2008 – 2013: regular monthly Language slot with Chris Laidlaw on Sunday, National Radio
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2008. How Round is a Rotunda? NZWords 12
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2007- 2013: Watch Your Language regular column, Dominion Post newspaper
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2007 Raupo ‘NZ Geographic’ 86
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2007. ‘A Lexicographical Wallscape’ NZWords 11
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2006 (ed) Wellington Working Papers in Linguistics 18.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2006. ‘A specialist study in New Zealand English lexis: the rural sector’ International Journal of Lexicography March 19. 1.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2006. 'Would the Real Southern Man Please Stand Up?' in NZWords 10
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2005 Further Ideas for Research in New Zealand English: politics and election year ‘English in Aotearoa’ 56.
  • Bardsley, Dianne 2005 New Zealand vs Australian English ‘NZ Geographic’ 72
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2005. ‘The New Zealand Word Basket’ in Booknotes 148, Summer
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2005. 'Unravelling the Queen's Chain' in NZWords 9
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2004. 'Naming Rites' in NZWords 8
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2004. ‘New Zealand English’ in English in Aotearoa. 53
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2003. ‘Words from the Bay’, in NZWords 7
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2003. ‘Some Examples of Semantic Shift in the Husbandry of Sheep’, in NZWords 7
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2001. ‘On First Looking into Kiwi Ruralspeak’, in NZ Words 5.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2001. ‘Keeping Company in the Country: Collocations, Compounds and Phrasal Verbs in the Rural Lexicon’, in NZ English Journal 15. 20-28.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2001. Guest Editorial. ‘Language in a Changing World’, in English in Aotearoa 43. 3-7.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2001. ‘The changing world of words: in search of hand-me-down remnants of ancient mutterings’, in English in Aotearoa 43. 8-13.

Website publication

Relevant presentations

  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2010 National Dictionaries: To what extent are they valid storehouses of cultural, environmental, and socio-historical data? English Dictionaries in Global and Historical Context Conference, Kingston Ontario, June.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2009. Ready access to electronic archives: to what extent does citation antedating change our national historical dictionaries? Australex conference, Sydney. November
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2009. National Dictionaries: Pataka of Lexical, Cultural, Social and Historical Data? Dictionary Society of North America Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, May.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2008. The Word Around Us. Gone West Literary Festival Auckland September.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2007. Hermits, Hokonuis, and Huntaways: The distinctive rural New Zealand English lexicon. Dictionary Society of North America Conference, University of Chicago, June.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2007. Determinants of lexical innovation and change in late post-colonial New Zealand English. World Englishes Conference. University of Regensburg, October.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2006. Serving Several Masters: New Zealand’s Lexicographical Landscape. Keynote address, Australex Conference, University of Queensland, July.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2004. The influence of global English on New Zealand English Language and Society Conference, Massey University, September.
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2003. The Lexicon as a Storehouse of Cultural Data. Between Empires: Communication, Globalisation and Identity Conference, Auckland University of Technology. February 2003

Other works

  • Bardsley, Dianne 2007. ‘Raupo’ NZ Geographic 86
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2005. ‘New Zealand vs. Australian English’ NZ Geographic 72
  • Bardsley, Dianne. 2004. ‘Man’s Best Friend Down Under: A Mixed Lexical Bag’ NZ Geographic 70
  • Dianne Bardsley also contributed to the Watch Your Language column in the Dominion Post newspaper