Received Pronunciation

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Received Pronunciation

An accent of British English derived from that of the British upper class in the early 20th century. It is commonly used in public broadcasting, as well as in schools such as Oxford and Cambridge. If you want people to take you seriously, you need to lose your country accent and adopt the Received Pronunciation. Studying at Cambridge has caused me to start speaking in the Received Pronunciation.
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It illustrates how practical phonetics can be used to learn English phonetics and pronunciation and teach it to non-natives by helping them represent, perceive, and reproduce the sounds of English as compared to those of Spanish, focusing on the Received Pronunciation accent of British English and Peninsular Spanish.
Always somebody with forthright opinions, his persona is seen by some as abrasive and limiting to his career, citing as an example his use of a Mockney accent instead of the received pronunciation he had when he was a child.
After a year of living in the city, his ear had picked up what he took to be the received pronunciation for the placename and I didn't have the heart to tell him that it only really worked if the rest of one's speech was in dialect as well.
Chamoiseau's people speak in a phantasmagoria of words composed in the meter of dreamtime which he throws down before the received pronunciation of French.
While the Received Pronunciation in England calls up thoughts of royalty, elegance, and privilege, Ebonics stirs images of the problems of urban life - poverty, crime, unemployment, substandard housing, inferior education.