Received Pronunciation

Received Pronunciation (RP) is the accent traditionally regarded as standard for British English.[1] For over a century, there has been argument over such questions as the definition of RP, whether it is geographically neutral, how many speakers there are, whether sub-varieties exist, how appropriate a choice it is as a standard and how the accent has changed over time.[2] The name itself is controversial. RP is an accent, so the study of RP is concerned only with matters of pronunciation; other areas relevant to the study of language standards such as vocabulary, grammar and style are not considered.

  1. ^ Wells (2008), p. xix, paragraph 2.1.
  2. ^ Cruttenden (2014), pp. 74–81.

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