Kōrero: Speech and accent

Pronunciation critics (1 o 2)

Pronunciation critics

The Education Act 1877 provided for regular school inspections, and the inspectors were well placed to note the characteristics of New Zealand pronunciation as they travelled around the country. Inspectors frequently noted issues of speech and pronunciation in their reports - this report was written by Robert Lee, a Wellington inspector, in 1882. Neither school inspectors nor teachers could do much to stem the natural process of pronunciation change.

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National Library of New Zealand, AtoJsOnline
Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1882, E-1B, p. 8

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Elizabeth Gordon, 'Speech and accent - Early New Zealand speech', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/40121/pronunciation-critics (accessed 18 August 2019)

Story by Elizabeth Gordon, published 5 Sep 2013