Gap Fill - Pronunciation - Level 6


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Radio newsreaders and television at Ireland's national broadcaster RTE are up in at being told to pronounce words to the Queen's English. A in The Irish Sun newspaper claims that RTE's broadcasters have been issued an A-Z style guide of words which instructs them on how to pronounce words in an to ensure they are clearly understood. The A-Z comes with audio containing elocution lessons of how to "properly" pronounce the "" words. An official at RTE told the Irish Sun that producers issued the guide to keep up . It said RTE had received complaints from the public over how words were supposedly mispronounced.

Irish linguistics Professor Raymond Hickey called the RTE's actions "internalized ". He expressed his disbelief that Irish speakers were being asked to use words with an English . He said: "The basic issue is RTE expects its to speak as if they were English. Why? We have our own form of English, which is but fully and accepted worldwide." Professor Hickey highlighted some of the words Irish presenters are being asked to pronounce with a British English accent. He said: "The Irish don't pronounce the TH [in 'birthday'] as a fricative, but as a stop with no ….The same is of 'news' - the Irish pronunciation is and has been 'nooze'."

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