Southern British English


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Southern British English

n
(Linguistics) the dialect of spoken English regarded as standard in England and considered as having high social status in comparison with other British English dialects. Historically, it is derived from the S East Midland dialect of Middle English. Abbreviation: SBE See also Received Pronunciation
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The author discusses how a sample from a contemporary speech corpus fits in with four pedagogically-oriented descriptive rules governing the occurrence of schwa and syllabic consonants in Southern British English.
The Queen's speech has followed the general trend from upper received pronunciation towards the more democratic standard received pronunciation and its close relative standard southern British English, the research found.
The discussion centers around two standard varieties of English, Southern British English and General American.

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