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A link to the discussion of RP (Received Pronuncation) from the British Library's discussion of language. Check out the rest of the tabs while you're there.

Was Received Pronunciation Ever Rhotic? People around the world associate Britain with non-rhoticity, the process whereby /r/ is dropped at the end of syllables such as ‘car‘ and ‘start.’ This impression largely stems from the fact that the non-rhotic Received Pronunciation (RP) was the standard for British English for years, and is still treated as such by many foreign language learners. But was RP always “r-less?”.


International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). (Received Pronunciation or RP, the accent native to parts of south-east England and often misconstrued as the 'educated accent' of the UK).


"How to do a British Accent": an English actor and voice coach gives a few tips on doing a British accent - specifically he's referring to the sounds used in the very south part of England, the received pronunciation accent you might hear on the BBC.