Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0172-8865
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9730
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Colonial Englishes have been observed to contain both archaic and innovative linguistic features, and are thus seen to displayevidence of both language preservation and change. This paper examines the use of certain phonological features of New ZealandEnglish (NZE) and discusses their status as relics or innovations. Examination is made of the diphthong which occurs in the mouthlexical set and the front short vowels trap, dress and kit. Trends in usage are studied using real time analysis of speakers recordedin the 1940s and their present day descendants recorded in 1993/94. In this way, the development of NZE is charted by means ofthe analysis of different generations of the same New Zealand families.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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