23.1900, Media: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name

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Subject: 23.1900, Media: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name

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Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:12:39
From: Brent Woo [bwoo at linguistlist.org]
Subject: Argument over pronunciation of Maori place name

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 Residents of Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, are feverishly discussing how to pronounce their city's name. Due to dialectal, regional, historical, and personal variation the Maori word is variously pronounced with an initial consonant [w], [hw], or [f]. 

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/whangarei-leader/6749577/Whats-in-a-name 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Maori (mri)

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