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Pronunciation Unit

The BBC Pronunciation Research Unit is staffed by professional linguists providing advice about pronunciations for all languages. 

This advice is free of charge to independent programme makers producing BBC programmes as well as BBC staff.

Pronunciations used on the BBC should be accurate and consistent. 

When contacting the unit they will require programme details and a time frame for when the advice is needed. 

The unit can be contacted by phone, email, post or fax.  Scripts should be sent with the required pronunciations marked. 

Advice can be given over the phone as well as via email, fax and post on a Word document. 

In exceptional circumstances (e.g. if child actors are involved) we are able to supply spoken pronunciations as digital sound files.

Pronunciations can be given in either of two written phonetic spelling systems: 

Find contact details for the BBC Pronunciation Research Unit.

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