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Oral posture refers to a dialect or accent's "home base" in terms of articulatory settings - specifically the jaw, the lips, the tongue, the cheeks, and the velum (soft palate). 

JAW: Raised but mobile

LIPS: slightly pinned at the corners, but are free to retract and trumpet for certain vowel sounds

TONGUE: Active back body of the tongue that retracts often to achieve the rhoticity in this accent


Oral Posture Quick Tip! The Hesitation Sound

A clue to a speaker's oral posture can be their thinking or hesitation sounds, something every speaker has. 

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