New Zealand English

Flight of the Conchords - He may be Dead

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New Zealand DRESS-raising causes a misunderstanding.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 28, 2017

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New Zealand English

Flight of the Concords' Kiwi or Aussie Accents

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In this clip, two New Zealanders who live in the United States are very biased against Australians. They make a point of explaining the difference between the two nationalities' accents, and for comedic affect, they choose a sentence that has very few vowel changes, only a pitch change. In Niedzielski (1999), they saw that preconceived notions of nationality affect how listeners perceive accents. This happened with Aziz Ansari's American character, where he assumed they were Australian and therefore indexed their accents as such. In Hay and Drager (2010) they explored the perception of differences in Australian and New Zealand accents, and, as seen in the clip, it really comes down to preconceived biases, such as concept priming in Hay and Drager or previous biases against Australians.

Posted by Michaella Joseph on March 31, 2017

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Indexicality;
Australian English;
New Zealand English;
Accent

35 American accents

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In this short video, this gentleman displays the ability to use 35 American accents. It is pretty impressive that there are so many dialects of American English.

John Oliver on the New Zealand flag referendum

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Clips of the New Zealand prime minister talking about potentially changing the New Zealand flag and John Oliver making fun of New Zealand English.

Posted by Ashley Brandt on November 4, 2014

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New Zealand English

"He may be dead"

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A clip from the show Flight of the Conchords where a dialect-based misunderstanding is a source of serious confusion.

Posted by Meredith Tamminga on June 19, 2013

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American English;
New Zealand English;
Chain shift

One News: Kiwi Accent

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A 2007 segment from One News in New Zealand on the changing Kiwi accent, with comments from Allan Bell.

Posted on October 31, 2012

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New Zealand English;
Change;
Bell, Allan

Commercial: Kiwi and Aussie kids

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A 2008 Mitre 10 commercial with two Kiwi kids (one Maori, one Pakeha) and one Aussie kid talking about home improvement.

Flight of the Concords: New Zealand vs. Australian English

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A skit from the HBO show "Flight of the Concords," starring two native Kiwis, where their accents are confused for Australian accents.

New Zealand's Next Top Model

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Posted on October 31, 2012

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New Zealand English