||[Dec. 3rd, 2009|06:59 am]
What can I do to learn how to use Received Pronunciation? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation )|
People usually speak it who have been to old red-brick universities in the UK - such as Oxford and Cambridge.
My ultimate goal would be to sit eating lunch with a group of important and influential business people, and get asked "Which university did you attend? I imagine you're an Oxonian like me?"
To which I can reply, "No, Chester in fact. Very select and private."
Isn't it sad that accent can still help you in your career... I'd find some citations, but I've got a coffee to make!
Besides that, I think it's a sexy accent. Like Lara Croft's speech in the original computer games. (not the movies).
It is the business of educated people to speak so that no-one may be able to tell in what county their childhood was passed.
--A. Burrell, Recitation. A Handbook for Teachers in Public Elementary School, 1891.
Since living so close to Liverpool, my otherwise fairly neutral accent has now a touch of Scouse.
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