Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 14:31:10 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: Estuary English

I haven't read the article yet, but I recall hearing that John Major was
also criticized/laughed at/mocked for affecting RP. Since only 3-4% of all
Britons are native speakers of RP, I suppose Londoners of some
sociopolitical weight have had to come up with a reasonable substitute to
cover their own dialectal variation, hence Estuary English--ugh, what a
label. I assume Lord Quirk is as in Quirk, Greenbaum, et al.?

At 09:07 AM 6/18/98 -0500, you wrote:
>There's an article in today's New York Times discussing Tony Blair's
>newly-affected accent. It's being described as "Estuary English."
>You'll need to register for a free logon and password, if you don't have
>Note near the end of the piece the member of the House of Lords and
>linguist, Lord Quirk.
>Grant Barrett