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LINGUIST List 23.1900

Mon Apr 16 2012

Media: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name

Editor for this issue: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>


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Date: 16-Apr-2012
From: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>
Subject: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name
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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-leader/6749577/Whats-in-a-name


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Maori (mri)
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