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The Rise of the Regional Accents and Their Impact on the Phonetic Landscape of Britain

Student: Aleksandra Konovalova

Supervisor: Sergey Ryabchun

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Numerous studies in the sphere of accent bias in the United Kingdom have been conducted. According to the earlier studies, it was established that people of the UK who did not speak with Received Pronunciation (RP) accent had been facing difficulties in getting education, finding jobs, etc. In addition, later researches say that there are still accents biases, but nowadays people with accents have more opportunities. The paper aims at establishing the rise of the regional accents of Great Britain on the timeline since 1970s and how this upsurge has influenced the Standard Pronunciation of BritishEnglish. To achieve the aim of the work the comparative analysis of several regional accents (Cockney, Brummie, Geordire and Scouse) and the Standard English will be conducted. This approach is supposed to give a clear tracking of the development of the regional accents and their impact on the Received Pronunciation.

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