Language Matters:

The fusing of Māori and English

OPINION: A reader has asked us to discuss Māori English. It so happens that Andreea Calude and I were recently asked to write on this for an Encyclopedia of World Englishes.

Today I focus on pronunciation. Next week Andreea will cover structure and vocabulary.

We cannot discuss Māori English (ME) without first saying what we mean, since it is a term that linguists use but which has relatively little salience in the general population. Early references describe it as English with a Māori-influenced pronunciation or spoken mainly by Māori children learning English as a second language.

Link to article: Language Matters: The fusing of Māori and English | Stuff.co.nz


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