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How have British English U and non-U speech changed between the 1950s and the present day?

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A wee bit broad mate! – Thursagen Jul 1 '11 at 7:47
"Many, if not most, of the differences however are still very much current — and therefore perfectly usable — as class-indicators." is in the last paragraph of wikipedia article. It references a book. – Unreason Jul 1 '11 at 7:57
is this homework? – JoseK Jul 1 '11 at 9:05

The wikipedia page on RP lists some of the changes. One of the changes which sticks out when one hears it nowadays is the s sound in words like tissue (/ˈtɪsjuː/) and suit (/ˈsjuːt/).

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