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New Maori dictionary is free online

Date: 24th Jul 2008

New Maori dictionary is free online

Thursday, 24 July 2008

By Kiri Gillespie

Maori Language Week has included the launch of the first te reo monolingual dictionary via a free electronic interface.

I-Papakupu will provide a permanent record of the Maori language described and defined through Maori eyes, said Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia.

Mr Parekura said it also captured the knowledge and wisdom of kaumatua and described the Maori language in its own, culturally-authentic terms, as defined by leading Maori linguists and scholars.

"Maori Language Week is an entire week dedicated to celebrating the beauty of one of our most paramount taonga tuku iho - te reo Maori," he said.

"The launch of the I-Papakupu builds on efforts to ensure that te reo remains a living language within digitalised times."

I-Papakupu was developed by Te Taura Whiti over a period of several years and was described as an important resource in the revitalisation of the Maori language.

A hard-copy Papakupu will include 25,000 word entries with definitions including synonyms, passives and nominals, and will be available later this year.

The online dictionary is now available at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori's website