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Ever-changing pronunciation

Following on from Sharon‘s piece this morning, ‘Pronunciation research, the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 also covered the story of the British Library creating a snapshot of changing English, something I really fancy getting involved in. Today polled the public in its introduction to the item, with rather telling results. In addition, Professor John Wells was on the show and had some interesting comments about the way the presenters spoke, pronunciation and more general changes in the language. Have a listen and see if you agree with the new pronunciations discussed and let me know your views about that old chestnut – language change. Do we embrace it, or resist it? Personally, I’m with the Borg on this one – ‘resistance is futile’.

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