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Dictating to the mob : the history of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English

Author: Jürg Rainer Schwyter
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
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"The BBC's Advisory Committee on Spoken English was set up to provide an authoritative guide to pronunciation and the use of language for BBC announcers. The results of its deliberations were published for general consumption in a pamphlet called Spoken English. Based on primary sources, the compelling story of the Advisory Board during its crucial first 13 years is told here for the first time. It reveals how board  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Schwyter, Jürg Rainer.
Dictating to the mob.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
(OCoLC)927445812
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jürg Rainer Schwyter
ISBN: 9780191800399 0191800392 0198736738 9780198736738 0191056405 9780191056406
OCLC Number: 957615206
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 281 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Dictating to the Mob: The History of the BBC; Copyright; Epigraph; Contents; Preface; The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and BBC Modified Spelling; 1. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); 2. Modified spelling; Naming Conventions; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 The BBC and 'BBC English'; 1.2 The problem of 'standard': A linguistic approach; NOTES; Chapter 2: In the Beginning; 2.1 'The Responsibility'; Announcers as Teachers; 2.2 'The King's English'; Announcers' English.; Cockneyisms.; Our Mother Tongue.; 2.3 'What Say They?': A listening BBC?; Pronunciations of Place Names. 'Ski' or 'Shee?'Half a Pound of 'Marge'!; 2.4 'A Public Service': Achievements; NOTES; Chapter 3: Crises and Reconstitution; 3.1 The crisis of 1929; 3.2 L'affaire Onions; 3.3 Reconstitution; 3.4 New committee-problems new and old; 3.5 Later changes to the Main Committee; NOTES; Chapter 4: Some Linguistic Changes; 4.1 The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); 4.2 The Sub-Committee for the Invention of New Words; 4.3 Experts in other languages and foreign embassies; NOTES; Chapter 5: The End. 5.1 Majority voting, 'alternative pronunciations', andthe end of routine publication in the Radio Times5.2 Suspension; NOTES; Chapter 6: Legacies and Conclusion; 6.1 Legacy: The Home Service; 6.2 Legacy: Empire Broadcasting; Original format; Slow News format; 6.3 Conclusion, or what came of it; NOTES; Appendix I: Members of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English; (a) Original Advisory Committee on Spoken English; (b) Changes to the Advisory Committee on Spoken English and its structure; NOTE. Appendix II: Minutes of the Reconstituted Advisory Committee on Spoken English, 20 September 1934(a) Introductory; (b) Standing orders; (c) Enclosure A-Statement by Professor A. Lloyd James, Hon. Sec.; Appendix III: Statement by the Chairman of Governors, BBC, to the Advisory Committee on Spoken English, 29 January 1937 (R6 / 201 / 2, pp. 42-5); Appendix IV: A Sub-set of Words Discussed by the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English; Acknowledgements; NOTE; Bibliography; 1. Unpublished files from the BBC WrittenArchives Centre, Caversham; 2. Broadcast English pamphlets.
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