English After RP
From the Preface: “The purpose of this short book is to gather in one convenient place a description of notable ways in which contemporary standard British speech differs from the British upper class accent of the last century, Received Pronunciation (RP)… around the world, knowledge of British pronunciation is still rooted in RP: wherever I travel, I find that much of what is taught about British pronunciation is out of date.
“Many people are aware that things have changed, and a number of them have asked me to write a guide to modern developments.” More at Palgrave Macmillan
A concise, readable and teachable framework. It will be invaluable not only to teachers of EFL, but also to everyone teaching or studying linguistics and phonetics, speech and drama, and speech and language therapy…. It is a book I wish I had written myself – but I don’t think I would have been able to make such a good job of it.
The subject of the phonetics of the standard English accent has been in the doldrums, and most pronunciation materials in current use are outdated. English After RP – whose author is ideally qualified – sets out the groundwork for a complete rethink. I believe the book will establish itself as an essential foundation for new directions in the phonetics of English.