Massimo Sturiale

As The Times Goes by: The Codification of (British) English Pronunciation and the Press

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Keywords: Newspapers; Accent; Standardisation.

This paper argues for the key role of the press in 19th-century Britain in promoting and reinforcing the standard language ideology and, in particular, it investigates the contribution made by The Times in having register - i.e. the 'correct'/'proper' pronunciation of English, or to use Agha's wording the "phonolexical register of Standard British English", or whatever label one may prefer - become "a status emblem" (Agha 2003: 231). "The Times Digital Archive 1785-2009" was used for the research; the time span chosen was limited to the years 1785-1899 because, with the early 20thcentury establishment of the BBC and its standardising power, new light was shed on the 'accent' debate.

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