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Media: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Maori

Media Body: Residents of Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, are feverishly
discussing how to pronounce their city's name. Due to dialectal, regional,
historical, and personal variation the Maori word is variously pronounced with an
initial consonant [w], [hw], or [f].

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/whangarei-
Issue Number: 23.1900
Date Posted: April 16, 2012

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