received pronunciation

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received pronunciation

The standard accent of British English, which is typically spoken in the south of England. While RP is not intrinsically better than other regional accents, it is typically the accent native to, or adopted by, Britons with power, money, education and influence, a tendency that began in the early 20th century. It is the accent spoken or adopted by most doctors in the UK.
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Nice middle class grammar school girls like me spoke received English, and some of us - I am ashamed to say - had their birth accents drummed out of them by hideously bossy elocution teachers.
The existing centre in Fairfax Street received English Heritage Grade II listed status in 1987, but, in February this year, Conservative council leader Ken Taylor said the centre was too big and needed repairs.
BORN and brought up in Newsham Park, Liverpool, Prof Quentin Hughes, MC and Bar, was a near life-long resident of the city and enjoyed pronouncing, in well-rounded received English tones: 'Of course, I am a Scouser.
But Ms Kennedy does work hard to make the vowel switch from Scouser to Received English at the end and it closes the play very well.
She retains most of her posh received English pronunciation, where words such as house would be pronounced "hice" and often "orphan" but some vowel sounds reflect a standard southern British accent.
When asked if students actually received English instruction, Allsbrook said: ``I've seen a lot of teachers out there teaching games.
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