Accents and Heritage #bunchcourtney #accents #amwriting

Jan Edwards

I had to smile at a young shopkeeper today commenting on my accent. It reminded me of a piece on radio recently that touched on the BBC’s Received Pronunciation and how it was once seen as essential for anyone hoping to be on air.

“Received Pronunciation, or RP for short, is variously referred to as the ‘Queen’s English’, ‘BBC English’ or ‘Oxford English’, and has, in the past at least, been seen as the accent usually described as typically British.”

It is something I have to be very aware of within the Bunch Courtney Investigations, not just because Bunch herself would have had a rather ‘cut glass’ (posh) accent but because it would have been normal for  radio broadcasts of the time that the character might ‘listen to’ within the books. The upside off this is that writing dialogue is generally easier, though syntax of the era still needs to…

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