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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Received Pronunciationnoun

    the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting

Wiktionary

  1. Received Pronunciationnoun

    The form of pronunciation of the English language traditionally spoken by the educated classes of the south-east of England, considered to be a standard and used as such in the pronunciation schemes of most British dictionaries. Abbreviation: RP

Wikipedia

  1. Received Pronunciation

    Received Pronunciation (RP) is the accent traditionally regarded as the standard and most prestigious form of spoken British English. 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. 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.

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  1. received pronunciation

    Received Pronunciation, often abbreviated as RP, refers to a standard, widely accepted manner of pronunciation of British English, traditionally utilized in the United Kingdom. It is often associated with formal or upper-class speech, and is also found in lessons for individuals learning English as a second language. RP does not relate to any particular regional accent but is deemed as an accent that reveals no information about a speaker's geographic background.

Wikidata

  1. Received Pronunciation

    Received Pronunciation is the standard accent of Standard English in England, with a relationship to regional accents similar to the relationship in other European languages between their standard varieties and their regional forms. RP is defined in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary as "the standard accent of English as spoken in the south of England", although it can be heard from native speakers throughout England and Wales. Peter Trudgill estimated in 1974 that 3% of people in Britain were RP speakers. Although there is nothing intrinsic about RP that marks it as superior to any other variety, sociolinguistic factors have given Received Pronunciation particular prestige in parts of Britain. It has thus been the accent of those with power, money and influence since the early to mid 20th century, though it has more recently been criticised as a symbol of undeserved privilege. However, since the 1960s, a greater permissiveness towards allowing regional English varieties has taken hold in education and the media in Britain; in some contexts conservative RP is now perceived negatively. It is important not to confuse the notion of Received Pronunciation, as a standard accent, with the standard variety of the English language used in England that is given names such as "Standard English", "the Queen's English", "Oxford English" or "BBC English". The study of RP is concerned exclusively with pronunciation, while study of the standard language is also concerned with matters such as grammar, vocabulary and style.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Received Pronunciation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Received Pronunciation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6


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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. occlusive
    • B. defiant
    • C. arbitrary
    • D. butch

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