Kōrero: Speech and accent

Changing vowel

A recent vowel change in New Zealand English is the raising of the DRESS vowel into the area of the FLEECE vowel – this means that 'best' sounds like 'beast' and 'bed' like 'bead'. Here University of Canterbury linguistics scholar Jen Hay explains this change to radio journalist Kim Hill, using her own name as an example, in this 2009 interview.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Elizabeth Gordon, 'Speech and accent - Features of the New Zealand accent', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/40133/changing-vowel (accessed 19 June 2024)

He kōrero nā Elizabeth Gordon, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013