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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Mean of observed Fi and F 2 (Hz) in Ana Botellas vowels, contrasted to average female British RP values taken from Gimson ([1962] 2001, 99) ANA BRITISH BOTELLA RP VALUES Vowels F1 F2 F1 F2 /i:/ 344 2409 303 2654 /i/ 351 2411 -- -- /i/ 355 2417 284 2174 /ae/ 964 1559 1018 i799 /[?
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.
Proceeds will be divided between the British RP Society and Sherbourne Field School for the Disabled in Coventry.
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