Story: Southland region

A rolling ‘r’

Southlanders’ distinctive accent is marked by a rolled ‘r’, as these Southlanders demonstrate. One of the very few ‘r’s that other New Zealanders roll is the letter R itself.

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Reference: New Zild: the story of New Zealand English, 16 May 2005

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 June 2023)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015