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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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They are, after all, probably a lot closer to the English spoken in Shakespeare's time than Received Pronunciation.
However, a professor of English at Oxford (Wyld) has called received pronunciation "the best kind of English, not only because it is spoken by those often being properly called the best people, but also because it has two great advantages that make it intrinsically superior to every other type of English speech: the extent to which it is current throughout the country and the marked distinctiveness and clarity of its sounds.
NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott said: "There are many in high places who suffer from a glottal stop and it is a long time since the BBC required received pronunciation to be the dominant voice sound on its air-waves.
Coverage includes the fluidity and change of native models and the relevance of the existing descriptions of native accents for teaching purposes; the controversy surrounding the Lingua Franca Core as an alternative model to Received Pronunciation and General American; discussion of a realistic syllabus for a foreign learner, based on recent attitudinal and linguistic data; intonational variation in English and its role in communication; and how dictionaries and teaching materials reflect changing market demands.
It beat into second place the plummy tones of the "Queen's English" or Received Pronunciation.
And, before anyone leaps onto their high horse in response, I am not talking about regional accents and demanding a return to the received pronunciation of dinner jacket-wearing presenters of the 1940s and '50s.
Leading Scottish poker professional Tony Chessa is a man who makes Billy Connolly in full, expletive-laden flow sound as though he is the very epitome of received pronunciation.
There is no more dedicated or feisty theatre professional in Britain than Barrie Rutter ( and no more passionate advocate of the alternatives to what used to be called received pronunciation.
Bakersfield) presents the first major attempt to study the pronunciation of Ghanaian English among speakers who have taken British English Received Pronunciation (RP) as their target model.
The 46-year-old yearns for a return not just to Received Pronunciation but to Queen's English, and lambasts "glottal-stop oikishness".
According to the OED the correct received pronunciation of the words "bath", "path" and "castle" and similar words should contain the long "a" as in "father" and not the short "a" sound as in "fat".
She told reporters that pupils would be more likely to listen to teachers who speak with "neutral" or "standard" received pronunciation.
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