Post by Peter Moylan Post by J. J. Lodder
PS I heard a new (to me) horrible accent on the TV behind my
back. It turned out to be Jacinda Ardern. Oh, well, lets say it
It doesn't at all sound horrible to me, but perhaps that's because
I'm used to hearing NZ accents.
I'll no doubt get used to it, if I happen to hear more of it. Are
there Scottish influences?
I used to think so. Nineteenth-century migration to Australia seems to
have been mostly from Ireland and Scotland, with the Irish
predominating, and a sprinkling of English and Welsh. New Zealand had a
similar mix, but with a larger Scottish contingent as far as I can tell.
You can hear some similarity between Scottish and NZ "fish" and similar
words. The word "wee" is common in NZE but rare in AusE.
On the other hand, if you put a Scot and a Kiwi in the same room you
might think they were from different planets. The similarities are
hidden behind the differences.
On the gripping hand, the article that Ross pointed to says something I
didn't know: before WWII AusE and NZE were a lot closer to each other,
and that NZE vowel shift has happened more recently. That suggests no
Scottish influence unless it happened since 1945.
The web site
gives a lot of detail about Scottish migration to NZ. It does suggest
moderately strong migration from Scotland in the period 1945-1975.
Peter Moylan Newcastle, NSW