Received Pronunciation old and new

David Crystal

Anyone who has heard the Queen’s speeches, will recognise her distinctive British accent. This is RP – ‘Received Pronunciation’. The 2nd June marked the 67th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. So it seems like a fitting time to have a little look at the history of RP and its place in British society today. In his article below, David Crystal tells us all about it.

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