Talk:Standard English

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Greetings All - I've been trying to find the article I read a couple of years ago which made reference to the actual percentage of RP users - I seem to remember either 4% or 6%. Can anyone reference it? Cheers! --Technopat 13:59, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language (by David Crystal) says when speaking about RP: ... It is still the standard accent of the Royal Family, Parliament, the Church of England the High court and other national institutions; but less than 3% of the British people speak it in a pure from now. Page 365. ISBN 0 521 59655 6 paperback.--Bob M 14:44, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanx - It's nice to know that I belong to a select group of RP users - a dying breed perhaps, but select - I'll stick it in as an inline citation. Cheers!--Technopat 15:45, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
You need protection by the EPA.--Bob M 17:24, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
Shouldn't that be the IPA? :) --Technopat 11:07, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
Tough question. I was thinking of the Environmental Protection Agency. But the IPA? India Pale Ale? (That takes me back.) International Phonetic Alphabet? Institute of Practitioners in Advertising? Which could it be?--Bob M 17:49, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
I'll go for the pint - what's yours?