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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Formant plotting of stressed /[??]/ and /[??]:/, as compared to the typical values of a female British RP speaker as per Table 1
Average of formants of the relevant vowels produced by a model female native speaker of British RP, taken from Gimson ([1962] 2001, 99)
On Ocracoke and Tangier Islands, some residents use some of the diphthongs that Kokeritz and Crystal argue were common in early modern English, rather than the diphthongs of British RP and American Broadcast Standard English.
An argument can certainly be made that these dialects, along with Mountain Southern, with their perceptible diphthongs, extreme contractions, and pronounced post-vocalic "r"s, are closer to the accents of Shakespeare's actors than contemporary British RP. In response to English actress Lisa Harrow saying, "we sound much more genteel now, don't we?" Barton responds, "Genteel, yes, that's a good word.
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