British English: Received Pronunciation

  title={British English: Received Pronunciation},
  author={Peter J. Roach},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  pages={239 - 245}
  • P. Roach
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Linguistics, History
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
The accent described here is the present-day version of the accent that has been used as the standard in phoneticians' description of the pronunciation of British English for centuries. The definition of this accent is a matter of heated debate and frequent controversy: the arguments will not be rehearsed here, but the interested reader is recommended to look at Jones (1917 and subsequent) and Wells (2000). The most important aspects of this accent should, however, be made clear. a. The number… 

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