RECEIVED STANDARD AND MODIFIED STANDARD

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RECEIVED STANDARD AND MODIFIED STANDARD. Contrastive terms proposed by Henry Cecil Wyld at the beginning of the 20c for two kinds of PRONUNCIATION in Great Britain:
It is proposed to use the term Received Standard for that form which all would probably agree in considering the best, that form which has the widest currency and is heard with practically no variation among speakers of the better class all over the country. This type might be called Public School English. It is proposed to call the vulgar English of the Towns, and the English of the Villager who has abandoned his native Regional Dialect Modified Standard. That is, it is Standard English, modified, altered, differentiated, by various influences, regional and social. Modified Standard differs from class to class, and from locality to locality; it has no uniformity, and no single form of it is heard outside a particular class or a particular area. (A Short History of English, 1914)


See PUBLIC SCHOOL ENGLISH, RECEIVED PRONUNCIATION.