Definitions for orthoepyɔrˈθoʊ ə pi, ˈɔr θoʊˌɛp i
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the way a word or a language is customarily spoken
"the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the `correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to `correct' orthography
The correct pronunciation of words.
The study of correct pronunciation.
Origin: In English from the 17th century.
Orthoepy means the doctrine of correct pronunciation within a specific oral tradition. The term is from the Greek ὀρθοέπεια, from ὀρθός orthos "correct" and ἔπος epos "speech." The antonym is cacoepy "bad or wrong pronunciation". The pronunciation of the word orthoepy itself varies widely; the OED recognizes the variants /ˈɔːθəʊˌiːpi/, /ˈɔːθəʊˌɛpi/, /ˈɔːθəʊɨpi/, /ɔːˈθəʊɨpi/ for British English and /ɔˈθoʊəpi/ for American English. The tetrasyllabic pronunciation is sometimes indicated with a diaresis, orthoëpy. In English grammar, orthoepy is the study of correct pronunciation prescribed for Standard English. This is Received Pronunciation specifically, but other standards have emerged since the early 20th century. In ancient Greek, ὀρθοέπεια orthoepeia had the wider sense of "correct diction", i.e. the correct pronunciation not just of individual words but of entire passages, especially of poetry, and the distinction of good poetry vs. bad poetry; the archaic English term for this subject is orthology, and in this sense its opposite is solecism. The study of orthoepeia by the Greek sophists of the 5th century BC, especially Prodicus and Protagoras, also included proto-logical concepts.
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