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The Cocknification of British English
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper was to present some ideas regarding Received Pronunciation and its future, some ongoing changes of British English pronunciation and the claim that Estuary English might become tomorrow’s RP and therefore, might be the accent taught to second language learners of English. I wanted to explore to what extent non-standard features of speech were used in British English. I focused my investigation on four non-standard features of pronunciation: t-glottaling, l-vocalization, h-dropping and th-fronting. I investigated this by viewing Eastenders, a British television soap set in the East End of London and compared the frequency with the use in BBC News, focusing mainly on the broadcasters’ and presenters’ language. My results show that non-standard features of pronunciation are only rarely used in BBC News and that the four features studied are still most frequent in the speech of characters representing a working-class area in London (Eastenders). One reason for this can be that all features presented in this study are stereotypical features of London English and to some extent stigmatized. Also BBC has a certain standard to live up to, RP has been traditionally used in BBC News, to the extent that the term BBC English is often used as a popular name for RP. However, it is interesting to observe that two of them, namely t-glottaling and th-fronting were also found in BBC News. Nyckelord: Language change, RP, Estuary English, non-standard features of speech

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2005. , 22 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53788Local ID: ENG C-18OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53788DiVA: diva2:1102348
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English
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