9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

The English Pronunciation of Successive Groups of Maori Speakers

Catherine I. Watson (1), Margaret Maclagan (2), Jeanette King (2), Ray Harlow (3)

(1) University of Auckland, New Zealand; (2) University of Canterbury, New Zealand; (3) University of Waikato, New Zealand

We have acoustically analysed the English of four groups of Maori males, representing the English spoken by Maori over a 100 year time span. Three of these four groups had English as a second language and Maori as their first language; for the forth group the situation was reversed. We have shown that the English pronunciation of the groups for whom English is a second language, is affected by their Maori pronunciation. However we have also shown that the well documented changes in NZE over the last 100 years, can also be seen in the speech of the Maori speakers.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Watson, Catherine I. / Maclagan, Margaret / King, Jeanette / Harlow, Ray (2008): "The English pronunciation of successive groups of Maori speakers", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 338-341.