Mäori, the indigenous language of New Zealand, is an endangered, minority language, with an important role in the Mäori community's culture and identity. This comprehensive overview looks at all aspects of the Mäori language: its history, its dialects, its sounds and grammar, and the efforts being made by its speakers to ensure its survival. A succinct survey of a language with a wealth of interesting features, it will interest anyone wishing to study the structure of a minority language, as well as those interested in endangered languages and their preservation.
1. Introduction; 2. A brief history of Mäori; 3. Regional variation in Mäori; 4. The phonology of Mäori; 5. The morphology of Mäori; 6. The syntax of Mäori; 7. The sociolinguistic situation of Mäori.