Research Group: Māori and New Zealand English (MAONZE)
The MAONZE group studies sound change over time in the Māori language. We have studied the Māori and English pronunciation of 3 groups of men: Mobile Unit (MU) speakers born in the 1880s, Kaumatua (K) born in the 1920s and 30s and young (Y) speakers born in the 1970s and 80s. The Y speakers are first (L1Y) and second (L2Y) language speakers of Maori. Current work involves analysis of the speech of women and study of changes to the rhythm of Māori.