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Thread #153823   Message #3605250
Posted By: Bill D
26-Feb-14 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
Subject: RE: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
" I imagine a lot of readers do strive for a "neutral" accent..."

Yep.. and just as Received Pronunciation is a recognized standard in England, Germany, which has some dialects that are almost different languages, has 'Die Umgangsprache', which is the basic form used on news programs. 'Most' Germans can approximate it when necessary.

The article makes this point: "It is important not to confuse the notion of Received Pronunciation – 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."

I wish it were that easily described in the US.