By Parviz Birjandi and Mohammad Ali Salmani-Nodoushan

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A vicious circle was then instituted: those who could afford an education went to the private schools and to university where they learnt RP; the teachers for the next generation were then drawn from this class of people to teach the next generation of the ruling elite. Thus, the educators were instructed in RP to teach RP. Therefore, most of the early phonetics work was carried out by RP speakers using their own accent as the "standard" from which all other varieties were measured. 22 CHAPTER TWO RP does have the advantage of being a regionless accent although many of these speakers are concentrated in the southeast of England.

Hard palate is the hard portion of the roof of the mouth. The term "palate" by itself usually refers to the hard palate. Soft palate/velum is the soft portion of the roof of the mouth, lying behind the hard palate. The velum can also move: if it lowers, it creates an opening that allows air to flow out through the nose; if it stays raised, the opening is blocked, and no air can flow through the nose. Uvula is the small, dangly thing at the back of the soft palate. The uvula vibrates during the /r/ sound in many French dialects.

Is an alveolar tap (sometimes called flap). The alveolar region serves as the target for the tongue tip, which vibrates there briefly before falling back to rest against the lower teeth. [ɽ] is a retroflex tap. The tip of the tongue curves up and back, and its underside vibrates briefly against the roof of the mouth, before falling back to rest against the lower teeth. [r] is an alveolar trill. The alveolar region serves as the target for the tongue tip, which vibrates there under pressure from the airstream behind.

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