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The most significant change in spoken English occurred during 1400 and 1600. During
this period the long vowels of Middle English changed.

Between 1700 and 1900 the long `a' vowel sound in words such as `path' (pronounced
`parth') came to be used in Southern Britain. Before this it…

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The emergence of RP in the 20th Century caused regional accents
to be seen as socially inferior
RP was adopted as the official accent on the BBC in 1922 because
they thought it was the accent that everyone can understand
This added to its prestige value ­ as all the…


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