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Tomahto or Tomaydo? Language Change and Variation

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  • Wed 24 Oct ’18, 2:15pm – 4:00pm


Crossroads, 220 Church St, Palmerston North


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Manawatu U3A Spring Seminar series: "Impact!" examines developments past, present and future which impact significantly on the world and society.

Oct 24th: “Tomahto” or “tomaydo”? Accounting for language change and variation

Presenter: Dr. Peter Petrucci, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Massey University

Language change and variation are natural characteristics of human language. In this presentation we explore the prolonged impact one or more factors may have on the shape of language: time, space, contact, ideology and identity. Examples from English and other languages support the discussion. We close with an analysis of the pronunciation of tomato to see that oftentimes the five factors may interconnect.

Admission free: Gold coin for tea/coffee and biscuits.

Crossroads Church is situated opposite the Railway Land close to the Church Street-Cook Street corner.

There is ample parking alongside the church, and in Church Street.

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