A Grammar and vocabulary of the language of New Zealand.
A Grammar and vocabulary of the language of New Zealand. London: Printed by R.Watts, 1820.
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Thomas Kendall compiled this grammar and vocabulary under the direction of Professor Samuel Lee, oriental linguist, at Cambridge, England, in 1820. Kendall was assisted by Hongi Hika and Waikato, two Maori chiefs who had accompanied him to England. This work was a huge advance: the initial and medial d was retained, a fixed value was given to the vowels (a system devised by John Davies for Tahiti), and consonants and a wide group of syllables were collected. Some 750 copies were printed.
Hongi Hika (c.1772–1828), Waikato (?-?), Thomas Kendall (1778 – 1832), “A Grammar and vocabulary of the language of New Zealand.,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 7, 2020, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6308.
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