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English After RP

Standard British Pronunciation Today

  • Geoff Lindsey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  3. Changes: General Observations

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  4. Vowels

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  5. Consonants

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      Pages 53-53
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  6. Stress

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      Pages 77-77
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  7. Connected Speech

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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  8. Part VI

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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 109-153

About this book

Introduction

This book concisely describes ways in which today's standard British English speech differs from the upper-class accent of the last century, Received Pronunciation, which many now find old-fashioned or even comic. In doing so it provides a much-needed update to the existing RP-based descriptions by which the sound system of British English is still known to many around the world.

The book opens with an account of the rise and fall of RP, before turning to a systematic analysis of the phonetic developments between RP and contemporary Standard Southern British (SSB) in vowels, consonants, stress, connected speech and intonation. Topics covered include the anti-clockwise vowel shift, the use of glottal stops, 'intrusive r', vocal fry and Uptalk. It concludes with a Mini Dictionary of well over 100 words illustrating the changes described throughout the book, and provides a chart of updated IPA vowel symbols.

This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in British pronunciation and sound change, including academics in phonetics, phonology, applied linguistics and English language; trainers of English teachers; English teachers themselves; teachers of voice and accent coaches; and students in those areas.

Keywords

pronunciation British English accents dialects dialectology sociophonetics language variation vowel shift speech patterns uptalk Received Pronunciation (RP) spoken English voicing intonation dictionaries spoken style Queen's English Estuary English Standard Southern British (SSB) language and class

Authors and affiliations

  • Geoff Lindsey
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  1. 1.LinguisticsUniversity College LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04357-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04356-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04357-5
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