Story: Speech and accent

St Joseph's School, Paeroa, 1900

St Joseph's School, Paeroa, 1900

Children and adolescents are the main agents of change in pronunciation. These children attended St Joseph's School in Paeroa, a goldfields town, on its opening day in April 1900. Though it was a Catholic school and probably attended by a number of children with Irish heritage, students from a range of backgrounds would have gone there, all adding their voices to the mix.

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How to cite this page:

Elizabeth Gordon, 'Speech and accent - Explanations of New Zealand speech', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40128/st-josephs-school-paeroa-1900 (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Elizabeth Gordon, published 5 Sep 2013