Friday, September 5, 2008

Pasifika English - New Zealand

Pasifika English

A similar adaptation of English, as Maori have done, by Pacific Island communities in New Zealand, such as Samoan, Cook, Nuiean, and Tongan, results in Pasifika English with additional influence on younger Pasifika English (and Maori) speakers from African-American hip-hop. More here

The New Zealand animated TV series Bro'Town captures some of the Pasifika English dialect:

Bro'Town clip

Another Bro'Town clip addresses the interface between social services & Pasifika peoples.

And another one on race relations, that have not always been cordial, between Maori & Pasifika peoples:

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