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 (ôr-thō′ə-pē, ôr′thō-ĕp′ē)
a. The study of the pronunciation of words.
b. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
2. The customary pronunciation of words.

[Greek orthoepeia, correctness of diction : ortho-, ortho- + epos, epe-, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

or′tho·ep′ic (-ĕp′ĭk), or′tho·ep′i·cal (-ĕp′ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Phonetics & Phonology) the study of correct or standard pronunciation
[C17: from Greek orthoepeia, from ortho- straight + epos word]
orthoepic adj
ˌorthoˈepically adv


(ɔrˈθoʊ ə pi, ˈɔr θoʊˌɛp i)

the study of correct pronunciation.
[1660–70; < Greek orthoépeia correctness of diction]
or`tho•ep′ic, or`tho•ep′i•cal, adj.
or•tho′e•pist, n.


the study of correct pronunciation. — orthoepist, n. — orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
See also: Pronunciation
the study of correct pronunciation. — orthoepist, n. — orthoepic, orthoepical, orthoepistic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orthoepy - the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
Received Pronunciation - 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
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
2.orthoepy - a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the `correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to `correct' orthography
phonemics, phonology - the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes
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Keywords: orthography, regularisation of spelling, standardisation, morphological spelling, suffixes, orthographic variation, early printers, orthoepists, spelling reformers, Early Modern English
While Crystal provides an indication of his methodology for devising his "OP" text (including phonetic spelling, internal rhyme, evidence from contemporary orthoepists, stress patterns and so on), he is forced to concede that pronunciation "is the most difficult domain to interpret historically because, in an era before sound recording, speech--unlike buildings, costumes and props--leaves no evidence of how it was" ("Saying It as It Was," Around the Globe 27 [2004], 14).
And a reassurance to those of you have heard my frequent mispronunciations--these were written by noted orthoepists Constance Bahoukis and Enid Pearson, late of Random House.