Kiwi accent in the news

Ken writes:

I want to follow up this story from the New Zealand Herald. It’s not very specific about details but it reports an interdisciplinary study on the origins of the New Zealand accent. The aim is to explain how in the space of fifty years more or less all New Zealanders came to be speaking the same dialect despite the relatively large population (i.e. small, but too big for everyone to know everyone else -despite what some unkind foreigners might think) and the wide geographical spread.

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