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He'll be launching a new competition, called Like a Hole in the Head.

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In a special Easter edition, Michael Rosen considers the unique contribution of the King James Bible to the richness of the English language.

He also hears from Humanist, Muslim and Christian speakers about how religious language is updated and made accessible to all.

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In a Science Fiction special, Michael Rosen takes a crash course in Klingon, hears from a comic book novelist, and learns the art of talking to aliens.

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Michael Rosen presents the programme about the way we speak.

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He is joined by Craig Brown to launch a new competition in search of 21st-Century Proverbs.

The programme looks at military terms such as yomping, bennies and tabbing, which became more widely used during the Falklands conflict 25 years ago.

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Christine Sutton celebrates the 75th anniversary of splitting the atom, Matt Harvey offers the Word of the Week and Craig Brown presents the C21 proverbs competition.

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John Lloyd presents the series on words, language and the way we speak.

This edition includes a look at educational jargon with Mike Baker and Robin Bevan, elocution and posh accents with Bart Cale and a proverbs competition.

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This special edition comes from America and features Seattle-based lexophile Anu Garg, a pundit poet known as Sparrow, a woman who has used a computer programme to study Jane Austen's use of words, and the organiser of the annual Festival of Punning in Austin, Texas.

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He visits Circomedia, the circus training school in Bristol, to learn about the special language used by clowns, jugglers and acrobats.

Lindsay Camp, who has written a book on the language of persuasion, has hints on how to get one's own way; Philipa Stephenson explores how to make people in photos look as though they are happy and Craig Brown chooses the winners of the competition to invent a proverb.

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Recorded in front of an audience at the Dartington Ways with Words festival, Michael Rosen debates the language of power and authority with the help of journalists Michael Buerk, Peter Godwin and Peter Stanford, and philosopher John Gray.

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Michael Rosen presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

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Michael is joined by Leonard, an African Grey parrot, to talk about animal communication.

Michael Rosen takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

He is joined by Leonard, an African Grey parrot, to talk about animal communication.

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Michael Rosen investigates what happens when our ability to communicate breaks down.

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Michael Rosen investigates coded language.

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Michael Rosen meets the consultants who will teach you how to speak more clearly, write more grammatically and even become a published author - at a price.

Michael Rosen meets the consultants who will teach you how to speak more clearly.

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Michael Rosen investigates lying. Does our voice change when we are trying to deceive?

Michael Rosen investigates lying. Does the sound of our voice change when we are trying to deceive, and do we use different words?

Michael Rosen investigates lying.

Does the sound of our voice change when we are trying to deceive, and do we use different words?

Does our voice change when we are trying to deceive?

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Why do people always want to improve" your English? Michael Rosen investigates the phenomenon of the "style guide" and asks whether all the advice that's given is helpful or accurate.

He asks why some people take a strong dislike to adjectives and adverbs, and wonders whether, as Reader's Digest says, it really does pay to enrich your word power.

(Or should that be "Readers' Digest?").

Why do people always want to 'improve' your English? Michael Rosen investigates."

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In this week's edition of Word of Mouth Michael Rosen explores the language of the natural world asking if words are up to the job of conveying the complexities of nature. He also finds out how some British birds got their names and hears the story of a mushroom whose hallucinogenic qualities are used to capture flies. So join Word of Mouth, gathered around the nature table, this afternoon at four o'clock.

In this week's edition of Word of Mouth Michael Rosen explores the language of the natural world asking if words are up to the job of conveying the complexities of nature.

He also finds out how some British birds got their names and hears the story of a mushroom whose hallucinogenic qualities are used to capture flies.

So join Word of Mouth, gathered around the nature table, this afternoon at four o'clock.

Michael Rosen investigates the language of the natural world.

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Chris Ledgard goes to Soho to meet the people that work in voiceoverland.

He hears the American actor Kerry Shale dubbing over Peter Kay's voice for a cartoon about to be exported to the States.

He talks to the people who produce the messages that we hear when we 'phone our banks.

He asks a voiceover talent agent (whose own voice people who watch The Weakest Link will recognise) about the changes that have occurred in the industry over the years and he explores what it is that makes a particular voice grab our attention.

Producer Sarah Langan.

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Chris Ledgard looks at the Chinese and English languages, and the meeting point between the two.

Will the Chinese language be affected by the growing influence of English? Pinyin is the Chinese method of writing Chinese characters in the latin alphabet.

It produces a simplified version of Chinese for children to learn, and is also used for texting, slang and to make it possible to type on a keyboard.

It can be used to evade the censors.

It also helps the rest of the world to understand Chinese words.

Beijing is a pinyin word, for example.

Will the use of Chinese characters eventually die out as the influence of English is felt there? Has globalisation affected the way Chinese is spoken and written in China? And we hear about the language war raging in Singapore, the only country in Asia with English as its first language, between standard English and Singlish, the local variant.

Contributors include William Zhou, Pinyin Joe"- Joe Katz, Victor Mair and Singaporean blogger extraordinaire "mr brown", aka Lee Kin Mun.

Looking at the Chinese and English languages, and the meeting point between the two."

Will the Chinese language be affected by the growing influence of English? Pinyin is the Chinese method of writing Chinese characters in our alphabet.

Will the use of Chinese characters eventually die out as the influence of pinyin and English is felt there? And we hear about the language war raging in Singapore, the only country in Asia with English as its first language, between standard English and Singlish, the local variant.

Contributors include William Zhou, Chen Cathy" Liu,"Pinyin Joe"- Joe Katz, Victor Mair and Singaporean podcaster extraordinaire "mr brown", aka Kin Mun Lee.

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Michael Rosen on the language used by and about disabled people, and the modern trend in humour of using disability to produce laughs.

With Victoria Wright, Francesca Martinez and Colin Barnes. Also Louise Wallis and Jackie Ryan from the campaign against the "R-word".

Producer Beth O'Dea.

With Victoria Wright, Francesca Martinez and Colin Barnes.

Michael Rosen on the language used by and about disabled people.

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Michael Rosen enters the world of flavour, examining how what goes in to our mouths corresponds with the words which come out of them.

Visiting the lab of a flavourist, he finds out how language is used to create tastes that don't exist yet.

Food historian Ivan Day demonstrates how words have been imported alongside the food they describe.

Michael's also joined in the studio by food critic for the Guardian, Jay Rayner, to discuss what makes a great menu.

Michael Rosen looks at the words used to describe flavour and taste.

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Michael Rosen on the world of words and the way we use them.

This week, the language of football.

As the World Cup approaches, has football chatter become more important than the sport itself?

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

Michael Rosen explores the language of football.

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Chris Ledgard meets the academics doing stand-up comedy in a London pub; asks why foreign languages have to be so difficult, and discovers that jokes reach parts of the brain that other words cannot reach.

Chris Ledgard meets the academics doing stand-up, and asks why jokes get the brain going.

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As the 100-day countdown to the Olympics begins, Chris Ledgard examines how trademark law can control the language of the games, and asks if word use can ever be effectively contained and controlled. He meets historians charting usage of the term "olympic" over centuries; talks to comedy producer Jon Plowman about the BBC mockumentary "Twenty Twelve", and discovers that one American university wants some words banned altogether.

Chris Ledgard examines how trademark law can control the language of the Olympic games.

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Chris Ledgard endures bars, clubs and flight paths to listen to speech through noise.

Chris Ledgard examines how we hear speech through background sound, and discovers that his own inability to hear voices in a crowd may be due to a little-known condition called King-Kopetzky syndrome.

Beginning with bar staff in Cardiff who use earplugs on a busy night, Chris discovers that we humans are surprisingly adept at grabbing small lumps of speech and filling in the gaps. He also discovers how room acoustics contribute to what scientists call the "cocktail party problem"; asks if exposure to aircraft noise can affect schooling, and discovers how the right mood music can make a policemans life easier on a Saturday night in Brighton.

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Michael Rosen meets linguists, historians, students and sequence dancers to find out why the giving and receiving of compliments can be a complex and dangerous business. He meets language students in Cheltenham and sequence dancers in North London, who each have very different responses to people saying nice things to them. He talks to a personal development tutor and an etiquette coach about the do's and dont's of positive feedback. And he talks to the Swansea linguist studying why people feel uncomfortable with compliments. The difficulty is not the compliment, it's the response. How do you reply positively and politely without sounding arrogant? Michael discovers that our tendency towards post-modern irony makes a sincere compliment a difficult manoeuvre to complete - so even if you can say something nice, it may still be best to say nothing at all.

Producer: John Byrne.

Michael Rosen discovers that the giving and receiving of compliments is a tricky business.

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With a royal baby imminent, Michael Rosen investigates names. From rare surnames which have all but died out in this country, to countries which tightly control first names given to children. He meets expectant mothers at an ante-natal class and finds out about the names they're thinking of for their offspring, and talks to an historian about royal names- are we ever likely to have a Prince Kevin or a Princess Tracey? Produced in Bristol by Melvin Rickarby.

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Michael Rosen takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

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Michael Rosen hears how singing might make it easier to learn a second language.

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In a special edition of the programme for Radio 4's 1989 season, Michael Rosen talks to playwright David Edgar about the rise and fall of the language that became synonymous with communism - from the hyperbole of Ceaucescu's Romania ('General Secretary, President, President of the State Council, Chairman of the National Defence Council, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Socio-Economic Development' was his own job description) to phrases that have passed into the very definition of the Marxist-Leninist dialectic.

The demolition of the Berlin Wall led to dramatic changes not only in the political and economic lives of those living in the former Eastern Bloc, but also to the language of those countries too, as they tried to shed the years of euphemism built up within a strongly ideological political system.

Also, political journalist Anne Mcelvoy tells of her lingustic adventures in East Germany both before and after 1989, and Dr Zoran Milutinovic examines how Serbo-Croat has changed since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Michael Rosen and playwright David Edgar on the rise and fall of the communist 'dialect'.

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Michael Rosen asks whether English is one language or a thousand.

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Michael Rosen takes apart some jokes to try to find out why they're funny.

After he puts them back together, they don't seem to work very well.

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Michael Rosen takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak

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Guest presenter John Lloyd continues the series which takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

Including stickability of words with Allan Metcalf, Steven Pinker and Fiona MacPherson, words in advertising with John Hegarty and football chants with Pete Boyle and Rogan Taylor.

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Michael Rosen examines spelling.

With a revival of interest in spelling bees, the ability to spell 'properly' is again becoming synonymous with having a good education.

But do spelling reformers have a point when they say that irregular spelling is responsible for anything from teenage pregnancy to the high prison population?

Michael also considers the politics of spelling and why computer spell-checkers do not seem to help people with dyslexia.

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Everyone accepts that it is important for parents to read to their children, but, thanks partly to school literacy targets, many children actually spend more time reading to their parents.

Furthermore, some parents suffer from 'performance anxiety' over their inability to 'do the voices' in stories, so, in these cases, what can be done to help keep storytelling alive?

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Michael Rosen explores the teenage use and abuse of the word 'like', finds out why latin lessons are making a comeback and listens in as a school teaches literacy by giving pupils the chance to run their own radio station.

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Chris Ledgard explores the words we use to talk about music.

What are 'acid house' and 'grime', and how did the terms come about? The word 'jazz', too, carries an illuminating and largely unknown story.

And how do artists feel about the categories to which they are assigned in music stores, on radio stations and on the web?

Chris Ledgard looks into the words we use to talk about music.

Is it even possible to pin music down in language? Stuart Maconie thinks we should try, and he talks us through the various genres into which music is categorised.

Where did the word 'jazz' come from? What exactly is 'garage', and how has the meaning of R&B changed so dramatically?

We go to a recording studio to sit in with a band in session, and hear how they communicate their ideas.

Chris also talks to Norman Lebrecht about the art of describing classical music.

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music, talks about his years as a record producer, working with Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana - who wanted his guitar to sound 'more orange'.

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Chris Ledgard considers the use of words to control minds, exploring hypnosis, brainwashing and the recruiting language of cults to find out just how influenced we are by language.

Chris is put into an altered state of consciousness by the soothing words of a hypnotherapist, to find out what kind of words are used to do this and how.

Some in the medical profession are calling for hypnosis to be used for pain relief during medical procedures such as bone marrow transplantation and cancer treatment.

They say that as hypnosis has no side effects it makes the operation quicker, the recovery faster and the cost less than with the use conventional anaesthetic.

But does it really work, and if so, how? Chris talks to the scientists currently working on a systematic review to find out.

Can talk also be used to control and manipulate us into doing things that we would otherwise not do? Stories of people being indoctrinated into cults usually involve descriptions of brainwashing, corruption and manipulation.

But are words really powerful enough to control the mind? Chris talks to an ex-cult member turned rhetorical theorist about how language is used.

Chris Ledgard considers the use of words to control minds.

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Chris Ledgard explores the idea that the language we speak shapes the way we are and the way we see the world: that we really are different in different languages.

The programme visits a group of Asian women at home to hear about all the languages they speak, and how they manage to switch effortlessly between them.

We talk to the professor who is leading research into the idea that the actual structure of our language makes a difference to the way we think.

And we hear from an Australian expert who believes that the difficulty of the English system of numbers puts English-speaking children at a disadvantage when it comes to learning to count.

Chris Ledgard looks at research showing we really are different when it comes to languages

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Chris Ledgard takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

'Giving a presentation' has become an ordeal that many people dread.

But why has this business practice spread into so many parts of modern life, from primary school to the armed forces? And does the pre-eminent presentation software package, PowerPoint, force us to think and speak in certain ways?

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The dentist's chair, the taxi rear seat, the hairdresser's salon; just what are the rules of conversational engagement for these everyday encounters? Chris Ledgard goes for a ride, a trim and a filling to find out.

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The Plain English Campaign is 30 years old this summer, but are they champions of common sense and clarity, or a self-appointed censor? Chris Ledgard talks to their founder and gets some lessons in language.

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George Orwell left us a set of rules for writing about politics and public affairs - do they still apply? Michael Rosen and a panel of critics offer an Orwellian perspective on just one day in the discourse of the nation.

Michael Rosen and critics test George Orwell's rules for writing about politics.

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A sweet relief for some and painfully uncomfortable for others, silence can be one of the most powerful tools in speech.

From school classrooms to sports grounds, Michael Rosen investigates the times when staying silent can speak volumes.

From school classrooms to sports grounds, Michael Rosen investigates silence.

A sweet relief for some and painfully uncomfortable for others, silence can be one of the most powerful tools in speech. From school classrooms to sports grounds, Michael Rosen investigates the times when staying silent can speak volumes.

A Language Without Words2015042120150427 (R4)

Michael Rosen asks Julian Barratt and Steve Oram about creating a language without words.

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright ask Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and director Steve Oram about inventing a language for their new film, which has no dialogue but instead uses a kind of ape language.. How do you communicate without words, and how have other films and TV programmes tackled the challenge? And what does this tell us about how language works?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Accents Will Happen2013043020130506

New research at the University of Liverpool is tracking for the first time in the United Kingdom how and what words babies and toddlers are picking up or understand. According to Professor Caroline Rowland and her colleague Anna Christopher what is emerging is the need to take into account the different dialects spoken. But what's in an accent or dialect ? Should we be correcting children's accent and grammar so that they are not disadvantaged later in life and how and what influences they way we speak; for dialectologist Dr Andrew Hamer we are all products of our history. In this edition of 'Word of Mouth' Michael Rosen talks to those who love or loathe their accent; those who have managed to retain their accent and those who have changed the way they speak concluding with voice and dialect coach Charmian Hoare who works with actors and Vicky Carpenter who trains- well anyone and claims she can make you 'accent-less' but is there such a thing ? surely we all have an accent ?

Presenter: Michael Rosan

Producer :Perminder Khatkar.

We explore the impact accent and dialect has on life opportunities. Starting with the very young where Michael Rosen uncovers new research in babies and toddlers; going on to explore how some of us manage to retain and lose accents and why some of us simply don't like the way we speak and sound.

Presenter: Michael Rosen

Are You Really Somali? Government Use Of Language Analysis To Verify Which Country Asylum Seekers Come From20150120

Michael Rosen examines the use of language analysis to judge asylum seekers' country of origin, when they've arrived in the UK with no documentation. Linguists can then be used to try and verify which country the person comes from, as they apply for refugee status.

With linguists Laura Wright and Peter Patrick, and Lars-Johan Lundberg of Verified, the Swedish company that the Government uses to carry out the analysis.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Are You Really Somali? Using Language To Determine Country Of Origin20150120

Michael Rosen examines the use of language analysis to judge asylum seekers' country of origin, when they've arrived in the UK with no documentation. Linguists can then be used to try and verify which country the person comes from, as they apply for refugee status. With linguists Laura Wright and Peter Patrick, and Lars-Johan Lundberg of Verified, the Swedish company that the Government uses to carry out the analysis.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Asking The Right Question2012071720120723

Chris Ledgard looks at referendums and the art of asking the right question.

As Scotland grapples with the wording of a possible referendum on independence, Chris Ledgard takes a look at the art of asking the right question. Whether in a referendum, survey or in a court room, how do you avoid writing an incomprehensible question or - perhaps worse - a leading question?

Experts in linguistics, law, politics and psychology as well as politicians themselves explain the importance of getting the wording of a question right.

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Pupils from St Katherine's School in North Somerset

Joan McAlpine, Scottish National Party MSP

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde

Professor John Joseph, University of Edinburgh

Amanda Pinto QC, Criminal Barrister

Professor Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University

Craig Ranapia, New Zealand based blogger and broadcaster

Producer: Polly Procter.

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Writer Michael Rosen charts the rise and rise of the audiobook. From its beginnings as a way for blind war veterans to enjoy literature, to the blockbusters and autobiographies of today, Michael discovers that the audiobook has a curious history. Subject to suspicion and occasional derision, the audiobook was long the poor relation of "proper" reading and has only recently received more serious scholarly attention. Michael visits the sound studios to hear audiobooks in production, and talks to writers, sound engineers, directors and actors about the art of the successful audiobook.

Autism And Learning Difficulties2013011520130121

Michael Rosen meets parents, researchers and carers to explore the ways we communicate with people with autism or profound learning disabilities. Phoebe Caldwell talks about the principles of "intensive interaction", and why listening and non verbal communication are central to her work. Researchers at the Norah Fry Research Centre in Bristol explain why changing the way we communicate with people with disabilities can challenge preconceptions, and make relationships more open, friendly and equal. And Ruth Hendery, the head teacher at St Crispin's special school in Edinburgh, explains how communication works in her school, and why it's so important to get it right.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Babel2013072320130729

"...confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." The Babel story is one of best known in the Bible, the splintering of one global language into thousands of tongues. Chris Ledgard takes a linguistic look at the first nine verses of Genesis chapter 11, exploring the story itself, the idea of original languages and how we are able to reconstruct them, and the Babel theme of language, division and conflict.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Baby Talk2013123120140106

Michael Rosen looks at language and communication. This week we're talking baby talk, or 'Infant Directed Speech'. He asks if the cooing parentese is a natural phenomenon or is it simply a culturally learnt trait. Does it benefit or hinder language development, and do animals use it? Michael also discovers some interesting examples of baby talk in letters that Jonathan Swift wrote to two lady friends.

Brussels - A Language Story2012080720120813

Chris Ledgard visits Brussels, a melting pot of European languages.

Chris Ledgard visits Brussels, a melting pot of European languages. He meets interpreters, language planners and voice coaches to discover how the European Commission operates "interpreting on an industrial scale." We find out why officials fear a looming shortage of interpreters, and we meet the man who teaches people how to speak and behave in a multilingual setting.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Chimps And Language2014010720140113

What distinguishes humans from our closest relatives, the chimps? It long used to be thought that we were set apart as 'Man the Tool-Maker', but 50 years ago the primatologist Jane Goodall demonstrated that chimps make them too. This left mankind distinguished from animals by the way in which we inhabit the realm of language, our use and understanding of grammar representing a key attribute of being human. But this, too, is having to be reassessed, not least because of the accomplished way in which, for example, the famous bonobo chimp Kanzi communicates with his human keepers.

Michael Rosen speaks to Dr Catherine Crockford of the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig - who studies chimp communication in Uganda's forests - and psycholinguist Martin Edwardes to assess whether the utterances of chimps constitute words, and whether their combination of them represents syntax and grammar. Michael also meets the actor Peter Elliott, whose career has been spent playing the parts of chimps in films. He even appears in Kanzi's favourite film, 'Greystoke', about the childhood of Tarzan.

Producer: Mark Smalley

Chugger Chat2012050820120514

Michael Rosen tackles the language of chuggers and street vendors. Which words work best?

Michael Rosen investigates the language of chuggers and street vendors. If you stop people in the street to ask them to donate to your charity, come to your show or buy your goods, which words work best? The word "chugging" was coined by a journalist ten years ago to describe what some charities would rather call "face to face fundraising". But, as Michael discovers, others in the charity world have decided to embrace the "ch" word and give it a positive spin.

Michael Rosen investigates the language of chuggers and street vendors. If you stop people in the street to ask them to donate to your charity, come to your show or buy your goods, which words work best? The word "chugging" was coined by a journalist ten years ago to describe what some charities would rather call "face to face fundraising". But, as Michael discovers, others in the charity world have decided to embrace the "ch" word and give it a positive spin.

Colour Words2015050520150511 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright on colour words, how they vary and how they have changed.

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright talk to Dr Carole Biggam about colour words. Where do they come from and how do they vary between cultures and change meanings through time? How can it be that pink used to mean yellow..

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Conflict Resolution2012090420120910

Chris Ledgard examines how the words we use play a critical role in resolving conflict.

Chris Ledgard examines how the words we use play a critical role in resolving conflicts. From hostage negotiations to relationship counselling to dealing with difficult neighbours or pupils in school, the language we use is all-important in defusing arguments and bringing calm and reconciliation.

Contributors:

Chris White, retired police hostage negotiator, now communications trainer

Matt Overd, Director of Programme Development - Dfuse

Barbara Bloomfield, Relate trainer and counsellor

Stephen Drew, Headteacher, Brentwood County High School

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Chris Ledgard examines how language plays a critical role in resolving conflict. From hostage negotiation to bouncers working on the door, to Relate helping families work through problems; the words used are all-important in defusing difficult situations and bringing calm and reconciliation.

Creating Characters2014040120140407

Michael Rosen talks to actors and writers about how character is created through language.

Michael Rosen gathers a gaggle of writers, actors and directors to discuss what makes a great character in a book, on the stage and on the radio. Recorded in front of an audience at the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol, as part of Radio 4 Character Invasion Day.

Contributors: Andrew Hilton, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, who's also acted in radio, theatre, TV and films.

Helen Cross, author of radio plays, novels, stories and screenplays. Her first novel, My Summer of Love, became a BAFTA award winning feature film.

Paul Dodgson, actor in and writer of radio dramas, and also a composer and teacher.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

D Is For Dictionary2013073020130805

Since 1879, the Oxford English Dictionary has had only seven Chief Editors. As the current incumbent, John Simpson, prepares to retire later this year, Chris Ledgard pays him a visit. They look back at the challenges and the high points of his tenure; the controversies, the characters and the great weight of responsibility that the post carries. With archive of previous editors and staff, Chris and John consider what the future holds for this beloved institution.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Ebola: How Should We Talk About It?2014122320141229 (R4)

Michael Rosen talks to Oxfam's media officer on Ebola, Ian Bray, about the language we use about the disease, both in this country and in Liberia, where he's been based. Michael also asks linguists Louise Sylvester and Laura Wright about the words we've used though history to describe disease and plague, and what they tell us about changing attitudes to sickness.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

English And German2013051420130520

At the Brighton Festival, Michael Rosen explores our linguistic links with Germany. Michael and his guests discuss our shared Anglo Saxon heritage, cultural influences from the Romantics to the Weimar Republic, and how the two languages relate to each other in the modern era. And we hear from other writers and artists having fun with words on stage in Brighton - oratory and story-telling are strong themes at this month-long festival.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Fashion20130813

An exploration of spoken language and communication in the 21st century, presented by Chris Ledgard. This week: Fashion. Topics include how we talk about scents, slogans on t-shirts and fashion lingo.

Katie Puckrik tells how she, a self confessed 'fume head' talks and thinks about perfumes. Chris and fashion writer Stephanie Talbot walk the streets of Bristol, on the look out for the latest t-shirt slogans, and Chris gets the lowdown on the fashionista jargon from trend forecaster, Lucy Norris.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

First Words: How Do Children Develop Language?2014121620141225 (R4)

Michael Rosen finds out about the first sounds, words and phrases that babies recognise and learn to say. He talks to author Tom Chatfield and his 15-month-old son, and to linguists Laura Wright and Kriszta Szendroi.

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

Food Connections Festival2015051920150525 (R4)

Michael Rosen and guests perform songs, poems and stories about food. With Writer Tania Hershman, singer Simon Panrucker and Cook Barny Haughton. All in front of a family audience at the Food Connections Festival in Bristol.

Have you ever wondered what the words raspberry, syllabub or toffee have in common? Did you know that pickle is a Dutch word but tomato, chocolate and chilli come from the Aztecs?

Join broadcaster and children's writer Michael Rosen on an adventure into language and food as he discovers how our favourite (and least favourite) dishes got their names in Radio 4's Word of Mouth programme. He'll be joined onstage by writers and singers to entertain us with poems, songs and stories and he'll be working with local schools to find out what makes the children of Bristol go 'yum' and 'yuk'.

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Frank Delaney explores the punch and the poetry of the way we speak now. Including: is it Sweet Clarity or Breakneck Pace to win the sports commentary steeplechase? Plus: Andrew Motion reading his specially commissioned work Friendly Fires. Producer Simon Elmes

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Frank Delaney is back with the programme that is what it says, featuring English as she is spoke... and sometimes as she isn't. This week: Does size matter? Shakespeare called upon thousands of words, but how many can you command?

Producer Simon Elmes. Stereo

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This week: Making an impression. What do the political takers-off know that we don't about the words their victims use? Producer Simon Elmes. Stereo

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Frank Delaney presents the programme about English that is what it says. This week: Verbal bankruptcy. How the recession is biting deep... into the language. Producer Simon Elmes Stereo

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Producer: Simon Elmes

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This week: Winter Words.

Some seasonable suggestions for filling the frosty silence.

Producer Simon Elmes. Stereo

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Frank Delaney presents the programme that is what it says.

This week: C'mon Let's Party.... Celebrate...

Carouse... Raise a Glass... Be of Good Cheer: a timely look at fest-speak. Producer Simon Elmes. Stereo

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This week: Tools or Technobabble? The jargoners fight it out. Producer Simon Elmes

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English as she is spoke.... and sometimes as she isn't. Producer Simon Elmes.

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Making an Impression What do the political takers-off know that we don't about the words their victims use?

Producer Simon Elmes.

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with Frank Delaney. This week: verbal bankruptcy. How the recession is biting deep.... into our language.

Producer Simon Elmes.

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Length, Grip and Nerve the wise words of wine; plus an expert view of "bad" grammar.

Producer Simon Elmes.

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This week: A look at "festspeak".

Producer Simon Elmes.

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with Frank Delaney.

In the last programme of the series: Tools or technobabble? The jargoneers fight it out.

Producer Simon Elmes.

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Frank Delaney returns with a new series of the programme about language that is what it says.

This week: The War of the Words. The search is on for Britain's best, and worst, Public wordsmith. Also, regular features including Word of the Week. Producer Simon Elmes

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Frank Delaney with the programme about language that is what it says.

2: Summer Cocktail. Featuring a few fantastic philological facts in Delaney's Believe It or Not. Producer Simon Elmes

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4: Buy This. From street hawking t( political propaganda -the language o persuasion.

Producer Liz Jensen

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Producer: Liz Jensen

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Frank Delaney with the programme about language that is what it says.

5: Truly Economical - The Language of Lying

Producer Simon Elmes

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6: Play it again and again, Sam. Must familiarity breed contempt? A celebration of the tired old cliche and its offspring. Producer Liz Jensen

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Producer: Liz Jensen

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Frank Delaney with the programme about language that is what it says. 7: A Drop of the Irish. Producer Simon Elmes

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Eloquent, Elegant and Expressive. The results of the Word of Mouth competition to find Britain's best user of spoken English.

Producer Simon Elmes

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Frank Delaney returns with the programme about language that is what it says. This week: Patsy and the Hot Banana. Jargon from Belfast to Bruges.

Producer Simon Elmes

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with Frank Delaney.

2: Tango, Foxtrot and Good Karma. A cocktail of summer words for the dark days of the year.

Producer Simon Elmes

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Producer: Simon Elmes

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3: Runners and Riders Basically, Brian. Sportspeak and how English was sold down the Estuary.

Producer Simon Elmes

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4: Buy This. From street hawking to political propaganda - Frank Delaney looks at the language of persuasion. Producer Liz Jensen

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5: Truly Economical. A look at the language of lying.

Producer Simon Elmes

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6: Play It Again and Again, Sam. Must familiarity breed contempt? Frank Delaney celebrates the tired old cliche. Producer Liz Jensen

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7: A Drop of the Irish. Producer Simon Elmes

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Last of the series with Frank Delaney.

8: Floquent, Elegant and Expressive. The results of the Word of Mouth competition to find Britain'sbest user of spoken English. Producer Simon Elmes

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Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

1: Manhattan Transfer An edition from New York with the hottest new words, a celebration of Ogden Nash , and an encounter in the park with two Snappers. Producer Simon Elmes Repeat

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1: Manhattan Transfer An edition from New York with the hottest new words, a celebration of Ogden Nash , and an encounter in the park with two Snappers. Producer Simon Elmes Repeat

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Russell Davies with a six-part series about words and the way we speak. 2:Names Will Never Hurt Me.Annie Enright ponders the business of naming children, management guru Faith Popcorn explains why her own name is worth so much, and novelist Robert McLiam Wilson calls names across the Northern Irish barricades. Producer Noah Richler Repeat

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Producer: Noah Richler

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Russell Davies with the programme about words and the way we speak. 3: Big Worms, Little Worms and Just Worms The lingua franca of linguine, the alfabeto of spaghetti, and a new theory on the ageing of the voice. Producer Jane Ray Repeat

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4: Read All about It! A declamation of newspaper sellers, a celebration of song lyrics, and an investigation into the case of the missing tense. Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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4: Read All about It! A declamation of newspaper sellers, a celebration of song lyrics, and an investigation into the case of the missing tense. Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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5: The Most Super Fab Programme in the World - Ever! Super superlatives and the rise of the absolutely fabulous adjective. And how do the political parties manifest their promises? Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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5: The Most Super Fab Programme in the World - Ever! Super superlatives and the rise of the absolutely fabulous adjective. And how do the political parties manifest their promises? Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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6: Can You Hear Me, Mother?The catchphrase went out of fashion during the rise of satire, but has it made a comeback in the world of alternative comedy? And linguist Andy Martin looks at the language we use to worship from afar as he sets his sights on Brigitte Bardot. Plus, the word of the week. Producer Paul Quinn Repeat

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6: Can You Hear Me, Mother?The catchphrase went out of fashion during the rise of satire, but has it made a comeback in the world of alternative comedy? And linguist Andy Martin looks at the language we use to worship from afar as he sets his sights on Brigitte Bardot. Plus, the word of the week. Producer Paul Quinn Repeat

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Producer: Paul Quinn

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Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

1: Writes of Spring. This week dating and mating - some words for a fertile season; the subjunctive celebrated (as it were); plus a chance to put the English language right in the People's Lexicon. Producer Simon Elmes

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Producer: Simon Elmes

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Six programmes in which

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2: The Persistent PastThe novelist

AS Byatt is among those trying to account for the surprising persistence of received pronunciation, despite the preference for speech which resembles early-morning television. Actor Hugh Walters coaches some aspiring performers who want to preserve the art of speaking poetry for public entertainment, and comedian David Schneider explores the Palace of Words.

Producer Louise Greenberg

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Producer: Louise Greenberg

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Six programmes in which

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3: Already, So Soon, My Life

This programme wraps up warm, takes a mouthful of chicken soup and explores the Jewish joke. And, a plague on both your houses: the art of obloquy.

Producer Emma Kingsley

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Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

4: The Naming of Parts

How to name something new - with Professor Steven Jones on genes and molecules - something secret - with codebreaker Meredith Gardner , who uncovered atomic spies - something sweet-smelling -with Parisian perfume - and something old - with the world of falconry. Producer Matt Thompson

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Producer: Matt Thompson

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5: Did You Come Far?The big picture on small talk, the a-wop-bom-aloomop-a-lop-bam-boom of nonsense song lyrics, plus the subtle art of the threatening letter.

Producer Ekene Akalawu

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Producer: Ekene Akalawu

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Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

Can You Hear Me, Mother?Simon Callow talks about the challenge of Projecting the voice to the back of a theatre. Plus the People's Lexicon of English that listeners would like to see Preserved is revealed. Last in series. Producer Emma Kingsley

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Talks: Simon Callow

Producer: Emma Kingsley

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Russell Davies 's six-part exploration of language. 1: In the Mood Producer Simon Elmes Repeat

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Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak. 2: The Persistent Past. Novelist AS

Byatt is among those trying to account for the surprising persistence of received pronunciation.

Producer Louise Greenberg Repeat

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Producer: Louise Greenberg

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An exploration of the Jewish joke. Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak. 4: The Naming of Parts. The art of naming, amongst other things, genes and molecules and perfumes. Producer Matt Thompson Repeat

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Producer: Matt Thompson

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Come Far? The big picture on small talk. Producer Ekene Akalawu Repeat

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The last of six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak. Can You Hear Me, Mother?Simon Callow on the challenge of theatrical projection. Producer Emma Kingsley Repeat

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Producer: Emma Kingsley

Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla: Latin Names For Animals And Plants2015102020151026 (R4)

Michael Rosen explores the wonderful Latin names used to describe animals and plants.

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright talk to River Cottage natural forager and writer John Wright about the surprising and wonderful Latin names used to describe animals and plants, and how they came to be. What is an Aha ha?

John Wright is the author of The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

How Accurate Are Scientific Metaphors?2014012120140127

Gravity is like a bowling ball sitting on a bed sheet; the atom is like a mini solar system, genes are selfish and the forces of evolution are blind...

We're familiar with the metaphors from school, from books and various science docs on the telly. But how accurate are these metaphors and could we find better ones?

Michael Rosen talks to science explainers across the country to find out how you get across ideas in science that are only properly expressed in highly technical language or in maths. Are they necessarily vague, even misleading, or are some just perfect for the concept they express.

Michael looks at the evolution of scientific metaphors in history and celebrates some of the great science explainers of the past. But he also asks whether some metaphors are not only inaccurate but dangerous as they lead to misunderstandings in the public conversation about science and scientific ideas.

How Do You Talk To An Alien?2013071620130722

For more than fifty years, scientists with radio telescopes have been trying to make contact with extra-terrestrial intelligence. Nothing has been found, but recent discoveries of new solar systems and their planets give the astronomical explorers hope. In the first of a new series of Word of Mouth, Chris Ledgard examines some of the questions surrounding inter-stellar discourse - the response we might make if we detect a message, the usefulness of human language in this kind of communication, and whether it might be wiser to say nothing at all.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

How Is English Going To Change In The Future?2015010620150112 (R4)

How's English going to change in the future? Michael Rosen looks ahead, with the help of linguists Bas Aarts and Laura Wright, and biologist Mark Pagel. It's not looking good for "shall" and "must"...

Producer Beth O'Dea.

How Shakespeare Spoke20160126
How Shakespeare Spoke2016012620160201 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.

Forget Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft, Al Pacino and Judi Dench. To take us back to Shakespeare's own time Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright hear Shakespeare as he himself would have spoken. The original, unvarnished version from linguist David Crystal and actor Ben Crystal. They look at the fashion for Original Pronunciation and ask what it can tell us about how we speak now.

Michael and Laura perform some of Shakespeare's best known work in the original accent and attempt to bring new meaning and wit to language coated by centuries of veneer.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

How The Telephone Rewired Us2014080520140811

Chris Ledgard looks at how the invention of the telephone changed society, rewired the way we speak to one another and explores the idea that the phone as a single entity is disappearing.

With many people unaware or forgetting how much its invention changed the world Chris uses the book 'The History of the Telephone' written in 1910 by Herbert Casson to trace the impact and assess early opinion of what one journalist called "an invention of the devil" up to present day, where the device in our pockets is no longer regarded as a phone.

He's joined by Professor Will Stewart from the Institution of Engineering, discusses the telephone in movies with Professor Jeffrey Richards, learns about phone etiquette from Manager of Debretts James Field and makes a call to Bernard Cribbins to discuss the Buzby advertising campaign of the seventies.

Producer: Stephen Garner.

In Care2001083120010902

`In Care'.

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

He asks what words that describe state provision for the young and vulnerable tell us about the society in which they are coined.

Instructions Instructions2013042320130429

Michael Rosen opens some flat-pack furniture to discover why instruction manuals are so hard to follow. Are they simply badly written or do they reveal something fundamental about how words capture movement. Beset by orphaned bolts and extraneous screws Michael plums for the latter and invites guests in to help explain the conundrum. He tracks down the company that has written the instructions to his bedside cabinet ;delving into their world he gets an insight to these experts who make a living from developing the 'perfect' instructions for us.But are words alone simply not suffice - are words and the language sometimes a problem if trying do make complex things ? Would we better off without words and have image alone - does that work ? And what about those who suffer from dyslexia how do they cope ? Whether you follow every word or simply loathe and chuck them away, instructions and manuals are a powerful influence on our lives and something most companies and organisations are starting to realise they need to get right.

Presenter : Michael Rosen

Producer : Perminder Khatkar.

Michael Rosen (and Allen Key) discover why instruction manuals are so hard to follow.

Michael Rosen opens some flat-pack furniture to discover why instruction manuals are so hard to follow. Are they simply badly written or do they reveal something fundamental about how words capture movement. Beset by orphaned bolts and extraneous screws Michael plums for the latter and invites guests in to help explain the conundrum (and sort out his furnishings).

Interpreting2012050120120507

Michael Rosen investigates the world of interpreting. We meet interpreters in business, sport and even psychotherapy, discover how there's more to the job than just language skills, and hear a report on the work of interpreters in the new Russia.

Michael Rosen investigates the world of interpreting.

Inventing Brand Names2015100620151012 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright look into how new commercial brand names are invented, with Greg Rowland, the semiotician who came up with the name of a new perfume for Calvin Klein. Which words and sounds work, and which don't, and why? Professor Will Leben talks about how his company came up with the name Blackberry, and the uses of sound symbolism.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Is The Double Entendre In Rude Health?2014082620140901

Arthur Bostrom examines the origins and colourful history of the double entendre and asks if this comic device is upholding its reputation as a firm favourite or whether its popularity is starting to droop.

Novelist Angela Carter described a double entendre as 'everyday discourse which has been dipped in the infinite riches of a dirty mind'. Whether innocently filthy or gleefully subversive, this British institution is part of a comedy tradition which has made us giggle for centuries.

Bostrom himself is a purveyor of this custom, most memorably as Officer Crabtree in the popular television situation comedy 'Allo 'Allo, and in this programme he slips into a world of suggestive speech; including radio series, saucy postcards and advertising. However as he probes the use of double entendre he discovers it isn't always to everyone's taste - including his own.

He's joined by writer Perry Croft, Lecturer in film studies at the University of Salford CP Lee, Deputy Editor of Marketing Week Branwell Johnson, artist Jez Dolan, comedian Steve Bugeja and Dr Paul MacDonald, a comic novelist and lecturer in creative writing.

Produced by Stephen Garner.

Novelist Angela Carter described a double entendre as 'everyday discourse which has been dipped in the infinite riches of a dirty mind'. Whether innocently filthy or gleefully subversive, this British institution is part of our comedy tradition and has made us giggle for centuries.

Arthur himself, a purveyor of this custom, most memorably as Officer Crabtree in the popular situation comedy 'Allo 'Allo, slips into a world of suggestive speech including radio series, saucy postcards and bawdy song. However as he probes the new era of the double entendre he discovers it isn't to everyone's taste - including his own.

He's joined by comedy historian CP Lee; Deputy Editor of Marketing Week Branwell Johnson; and Dr Paul MacDonald, a comic novelist and lecturer in creative writing.

It's A Wrap2001092120010923

He visits a bookbinder.

Journalese2014040820140414

Why are thugs always vile, market towns always bustling, blondes bubbly and tirades foul mouthed? With the help of ex Editor Eve Pollard, journalist Robert Hutton and Professor John Mullan, Michael Rosen takes a look at the language and the cliches of news journalism

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Michael Rosen on the necessary evil of journalistic cliché.

Kids Tv20131230

Michael Rosen looks at the effects that children's television has on language development. Michael's own cv in the genre includes having directed 'Playschool'. He meets the writers of Rastamouse, Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster to talk about the power of rhyme. They also discuss the criticism the show attracted over the dialects the characters speak in. And Michael talks to Daniel Postgate, son of the original narrator Oliver Postgate, as The Clangers prepare to make a return to the small screen. It's been over forty years since their first appearance and Michael is keen to know if those weird and wonderful Clanger sounds that were originally created on a swannee whistle will be tampered with in the new version. He asks Daniel what qualities and influences made his late father such a memorable narrator, and we also hear about a prime example of BBC censorship. Michael talks to Joe Godwin, the head of BBC Children's about the challenges facing children's programme makers in a saturated market, and we also hear expert testimony from some little people.

Producers: Milly Chowles and Sarah Langan.

Landscape Language2015040720150413 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright talk to Dominick Tyler about the evocative words he's collecting, words that people use to describe features in the British landscape - from Dingle to Desire Path..

Dominick Tyler is the author of Uncommon Ground: A word-lover's guide to the British landscape, and with his Landreader Project he aims to create a glossary of the British landscape.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Language And Politics In India2013041620130422

More than a billion people, twenty two scheduled languages, and dozens more mother tongues: In the second of two programmes, Chris Ledgard explores the complex and passionate politics of language in India. In Delhi and Jaipur, we visit schools, business and newspaper offices to ask - how do the languages you speak, read and write in India influence your life?

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Language Evolution: A Gene For Language?2015102720151102 (R4)

Neuroscientist Dr Frederique Liegeois joins Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright.

Language Games20130820

Chris Ledgard visits the International Linguistics Olympiad to look at the language of puzzles.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

Language In India; Politics And Passion2013040920130415

In Delhi and Jaipur, Chris Ledgard explores the passion and politics of language in India.

More than a billion people, twenty two scheduled languages, and dozens more mother tongues: In the first part of two programmes, Chris Ledgard explores the complex and passionate politics of language in India. In Delhi and Jaipur, we visit schools, business and newspaper offices to ask - how do the languages you speak, read and write in India influence your life?

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Language Laws2013082720130902

What are we allowed to say to each other? Chris Ledgard looks at the laws surrounding language use, from libel to blasphemy.

Barristers Nicola Cain and Christina Michalos explain defamation law. Professor Laura Gowing from King's College London takes us back to a time when seditious language could land you in the pillory. And barrister Diane Chanteau explains how critical the use of exact language is in court.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

Losing Your Parents' Language

Losing Your Parents' Language2012042420120430

What's it like to lose the language spoken by your parents? Michael Rosen goes to meet families in which parents and children have different mother tongues. He meets those who have made the decision to bring their children up in English, and asks their children what it's like when your parents speak a language you can't understand. He also talks to parents who want to ensure that their language continues down the generations, and fear "losing" their children to English.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

What's it like to lose the language spoken by your parents? Michael Rosen finds out.

Message In A Bottle2014072220140728

Chris Ledgard uncorks the subject of messages in a bottle.

Chris Ledgard uncorks the subject of message in a bottle.

Sending a message in a bottle across the ocean to be rediscovered by someone in a far off land is an idea as old as Ancient Greece. Christopher Columbus did it, Jules Verne wrote about it and The Police sang that song. There's romance and adventure in the endless possibilities of interacting with the unknown.

As Chris explores the oblique and whimsical nature of this form of communication he hears modern day stories about people who have been saved by sending out an SOS, formed friendships across the water and found scientific value in the pastime.

However, amongst the tide of approval for this historical tradition a dissenting voice lurks.

Produced by Stephen Garner

Misophonia, Mondegreens And Miscommunication20130806

An exploration of spoken language and communication in the 21st century. Miscommunication, misophonia and mondegreens.

Chris Ledgard meets people with a condition that isn't that widely acknowledged by many General Practitioners: misophonia. People who have it suffer extreme adverse reactions to sounds created by other human beings; frequently breathing or eating sounds. Chris asks about the scientific research that is being undertaken, both in the UK and abroad.

Stuart Maconie takes a look at mondegreens - aka misheard lyrics - considering classics by Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as some contemporary musical misunderstandings in a track by the band Hot Chip.

Chris Ledgard also looks at communication in times of crisis and disaster.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Mouthpiece: Turning The Spoken Word Into Songs20160216

Michael Rosen hears about Mouthpiece, a project turning interviews recorded in Parliament into songs. Composer Jennifer Bell has been given access to interview people about their working lives in the Houses of Parliament. She's turned their words into beautiful a-cappella songs in an attempt to reflect the way in which Parliament is the voice of the country - or is it?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Naming Family Relationships - Step, Half Or 'blended'?2015042820150504 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright look at the names people give to family relationships.

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright consider the names we give to our family relationships: stepmother, half-brother or "blended" family. Author and social critic Dr Wednesday Martin has strong opinions on the effects of these linguistic choices. Where do the words we use for our relatives come from and what do the choices we make say about us?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Newspeak2014072920140804

One of the most terrifying ideas in George Orwell's dystopian fantasy, "1984" is an entirely artificial language which the State plans to impose on the people in order, not only to control what they say, but what they think.

The premise of "Newspeak" is to pare down the English language - or Oldspeak - so that only words that are essential in both a utilitarian and an ideological sense remain.

The idea is that this will make dissenting ideas - "thoughtcrime" in Newspeak - literally impossible.

But could it work?

In Word of Mouth this week Chris Chris Ledgard tries to work out if New speak could happen here and whether, by taking away words, the government could also take away thoughts.

He gets to grips with the question of whether language determines thoughts as Orwell's invention supposes. He also finds out whether the most extreme totalitarian regimes like North Korea have attempted language control on the scale of Newspeak?

Many would argue that much political and corporate language as well as political correctness amounts to a creeping Newspeak in modern life but are we really that malleable or does the popularity of satires that mock that kind of jargon suggest Orwell was too pessimistic. We can spot attempts to impose phoney and manipulative language on to us and we ward it off with mockery.

Interviewees include: Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and Director of the Orwell Prize, D.J Taylor, author of "Orwell - the Life" and John Morton, writer and director of the BBC mock documentary comedies, "Twenty Twelve" and "W1A".

Chris Ledgard explores Orwell's dystopian vision of the future of language - Newspeak.

No Pain No Gain2001072020010722

He finds out how the language of chivalry is being used today.

Non-verbal Communication2015052620150601 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright sob, hum and buzz as they consider whether the sound of a word has any connection with its meaning. With guest Professor Steven Connor.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Michael Rosen and Laura Knight sob, hum and grunt as they discuss non-verbal communication with Professor Steven Connor.

Number Words2015091520150921 (R4)

First in series. Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright explore the numbers one to ten and look at how we understand - and misunderstand - the language of numbers. Why is a shampoo called Zinc 24 so much more appealing than a shampoo called Zinc 31? How do we cope with offers in supermarkets? Alex Bellos and Michael Blastland explain.

Producer Beth O'Dea

Alex Bellos is the author of Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life.

Office Jargon2014011420140120

Michael Rosen and guests "drill down" into the subject of office jargon. With guests including columnist Steven Poole, broadcaster Simon Fanshawe and Business Consultant, Julia Chanteray.

Most people profess to loathe it, yet eavesdrop on office meetings across the UK and you are bound to catch a "Heads-up" a "paradigm shift", or at the least a "going forward". So why does it proliferate, and why exactly does it get under the skin of so many of us. Michael asks his guests if office jargon is in fact just another example of a language that has evolved to represent complex technical issues. They also make an attempt at re-branding the programme.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

Michael Rosen and guests "drill down" into the subject of office jargon.With guests including columnist Steven Poole, broadcaster Simon Fanshawe and Professor Michael Billig.

Most people profess to loathe it, yet eavesdrop on office meetings across the UK and you are bound to catch a "Heads-up" a "paradigm shift", or at the least a "going forward". So why does it proliferate, and why exactly does it get under the skin of so many of us. Michael asks his guests if office jargon is in fact just another example of a language that has evolved to represent complex technical issues. Professor Michael Billig argues that it is when those technical descriptions are mixed with talking about people that it seems to really become inflammatory.

Philip Pullman And Michael Rosen Talk About Language And Writing2015011320150119 (R4)

Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen talk in depth about language and writing.

Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen talk in depth about language, writing and imagination. They share examples from their own work and also discuss the books that influenced them - and who it is they think they're writing for..

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Politeness

Preaching2012081420120820

Chris Ledgard listens to the ways in which preachers use words and the power of language.

Chris Ledgard listens to the ways in which preachers use words and the power of language to move people, and visits churches and a mosque to find out about the modernising forces at work there.

Contributors:

The Rev'd Canon Simon Butler, St Mary's Church Battersea

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra

Pastor Kasali Fatai, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Bristol

Ruth Gledhill, The Times religious correspondent

Max Atkinson, author of Lend Me Your Ears

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Prime Suspects2013121720131223

Michael Rosen has half an hour to crack the case of the police interview. His hard-bitten squad of investigators includes top crime writers Peter James and John Harvey.

Until the 1980s the police had no formal training in interviewing techniques. When a suspect entered the interrogation room he could have faced a barrage of foul language, veiled threats and downright lies. There was usually no solicitor present and no recordings of the interview. A successful interrogation was one where the suspect 'coughed', admitting to the crime as quickly as possible.

Today things are considerably more restrained. The word 'interrogation' has been banned in England and Wales. Every 'investigative interview' is captured electronically and every policeman gets training in the latest psychological techniques to draw out suspect and witness testimony. The changes might be good for justice but they're a nightmare for novelists and dramatists.

Without the threats, the bullying and the violence what's left for the crime writer who enjoys the language of villains and crimefighters under extreme pressure? Michael talks to best-selling writers Peter James and John Harvey about the delicate path they tread between the dull reality of police official language and the tempting darklands of their violent imaginations.

Producer: Alasdair Cross

Prof Tanya Byron On Talking To Your Children20150127

Professor Tanya Byron discusses with Michael Rosen the best way to talk to your children. With linguist Laura Wright.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Prof Tanya Byron On The Language Parents Use To Talk To Their Children2015012720150202 (R4)

Psychologist Professor Tanya Byron and Michael Rosen discuss the language parents use to talk to their children. Do parents over-praise, and is it ok to say no? How is the way that parents talk to children changing and what effect might that have? With linguist Dr Laura Wright.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 February 199619960206

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 13 February 1996

Previous in series: 30 January 1996

Broadcast history

06 Feb 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

30 Apr 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-05.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 October 199419950128

First broadcast on 1994-10-11

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 18 October 1994

Previous in series: ZAP, POW, KERRANG!

Broadcast history

11 Oct 1994 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

28 Jan 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1994-10-10.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 13 February 199619960213

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 20 February 1996

Previous in series: 06 February 1996

Broadcast history

13 Feb 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

07 May 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-12.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 October 199419950204

First broadcast on 1994-10-18

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 25 October 1994

Previous in series: 11 October 1994

Broadcast history

18 Oct 1994 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

04 Feb 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1994-10-17.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 February 199619960220

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 27 February 1996

Previous in series: 13 February 1996

Broadcast history

20 Feb 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

14 May 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-19.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 January 199619960123

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 30 January 1996

Previous in series: 6/6, LANG OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Broadcast history

23 Jan 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

16 Apr 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-22.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 25 October 199419950211

First broadcast on 1994-10-25

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Previous in series: 18 October 1994

Description

SBH:A programme in the above series, with results of Greatest Living Wit Competition, and items on sleaze and a new French law that forbids importation of foreign words.

Presenter and interviewer: Frank Delaney.

Broadcast history

25 Oct 1994 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

11 Feb 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Simon Elmes (Producer)

Alan Coren (Speaker)

Stephen Fry (Speaker)

Frank Delaney (Speaker)

Andrew Rawnsley (Speaker)

Valerie Martin (Speaker)

Yves Marec (Speaker)

Brigitte Fraiche (Speaker)

Rashid Belamar (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 677395.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 27 February 199619960227

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 1 - MANHATTAN TRANSFER

Previous in series: 20 February 1996

Broadcast history

27 Feb 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

21 May 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-02-26.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 January 199619960130

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 06 February 1996

Previous in series: 23 January 1996

Broadcast history

30 Jan 1996 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

23 Apr 1996 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-29.

Reader, I Marinated Him - The Language Of Food20140513

Michael Rosen on stage at the Food Connections Festival in Bristol with historians and writers, Sue Shepherd, Annie Gray and Kathryn Hughes, discuss hungry minds and literary meals through history. James Bond's dinners, Miss Haversham's wedding cake, Paddington Bear's sandwiches - literature groans with plenty. In the Soviet Gulag prisoners discovered they shared a dream of rye bread flying past them like a meteor or an angel. History is full of hunger. Language has brought all these meals into life. Michael's three guests bring their favourites. Producer: Tim Dee

Reading Aloud2012082820120903

Chris Ledgard explores the ways people have read to each other at home down the centuries.

How to stand and hold your head, what to do with your hands and how to make appropriate facial expressions - these were skills studied by people who read aloud to their friends at home in the 18th century. Chris Ledgard discusses domestic reading in the great age of elocution with Oxford University's Abigail Williams and explores the instruction manuals which helped people mimic the great readers of their time. Chris meets modern families who read to each other and visits a primary school to brush up on his own reading skills.

Reading: Print V Ebooks2015092220150928 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discuss with linguist Professor Naomi Baron the quantifiable differences between the experience of reading print books and of reading eBooks, or onscreen. Which allows for deeper reading and a stronger emotional response, and what is the future of reading?

Producer Beth O'dea.

Romance And Romanticism2015092920151005 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Professor John Mullan talk romance, Romantic poets and romanticism.

In a romantic edition, Michael Rosen, Dr Laura Wright and Professor John Mullan explore the clusters of meanings and differences between the words romance and the Romantic poets, romanticism and the romance languages.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Rustling Leaves2001071320010715

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

He finds out how the term `rainforest' came to mean what it isn't, and explores how tobacco has embedded itself into our language and culture.

Slang20160119

What is slang, where does it come from, and which subjects attract the most slang words? Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright thrash it out with lexicographer of slang and swearing Jonathon Green. Producer Beth O'Dea.

Social Register2014041520140421

Michael Rosen questions whether we change the way we speak according to the social class of the person we're speaking to. Novelist Graham Joyce has had an interesting experience with language throughout his life, moving between classes, as has critic Stephen Bayley. Linguists Julia Snell and Vineeta Chand fill in the detail. And the programme features archive clips of comedy making full use of the rich comic potential of this way of behaving.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Do we change the way we speak according to the person we are speaking to?

Speaking To Yourself2013040220130408

Michael Rosen talks to himself - and other people as well - to find out why it is that many of us habitually talk to ourselves. It can be for reassurance or exhortation; It's cited as evidence of a psychological disorder but can also help to unclutter and order the mind. People use it as an aid to prayer and a way to enjoy our own company.

Most people will admit to talking to themselves every now and then. We do it to steel ourselves to do a difficult task or it can help to organise our thoughts. Some people think through past dilemmas aloud testing out different points of view and many berate themselves for mistakes. Some use it to say all the things they wish they'd said but didn't.

But what does this self talk do to the individual? Is it healthy and to what extent are our perceptions of it damaged by the old adage that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness? After all, therapy encourages us to ask questions of ourselves rather than seek external solutions. And to what extent does self talk play a part in prayer and confession? Michael talks to psychologists, priests, actors, stand ups and writers to find out.

Producer Sarah Langan.

Speaking, Listening And The English Gcse2014090220140908

Chris Ledgard presents a discussion on the teaching of speaking and listening in schools and the way it's now assessed in the English GCSE. Can students really be taught to be eloquent speakers, and if so, how?

Taking part are Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers; writer and thinker Tom Chatfield, and Neil Mercer, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Taking part will be Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers; writer and thinker Tom Chatfield, and Professor Neil Mercer. He studies students' spoken language skills in four areas: physical (how you use your voice and body), cognitive (how you marshal an argument and use questioning and logic), linguistic (how large your vocabulary is and how fluently you use general, abstract and academic words) and social (how you engage an audience and develop your confidence).

Taking Turns In Conversation20160209

Michael Rosen and linguist Dr Laura Wright discuss how we judge taking it in turns when we're in conversation. Professor Stephen Levinson has researched the science behind this, and joins them in the studio for a carefully-calibrated discussion.. He believes that the back-and-forth pattern we instinctively fall into may have evolved before language itself. Levinson's research has found that it takes about 200 milliseconds for us to reply to each other, but it takes about 600 milliseconds to prepare what we're going to say - so we're preparing as we listen. Levinson notes that this is a pattern found across different cultures and languages, and that infants begin taking turns in interactions at about six months of age, before they can even speak. But what's going on when someone seems to get it wrong, to interrupt or talk over the other person?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Talking A Good Game20120724

With London 2012 a few days away, Chris Ledgard explores the language of sports psychology. How do sportsmen and women use words to improve their performance? Dr Steve Peters talks about his work with top athletes and why he uses the word "adrenalized." Chris also meets a young squash player who was suffering with poor results and finds out about his work with sports psychologist Phil Johnson.

Contributors:

Sam Ellis, squash player

Phil Johnson, sport and exercise psychologist

Steve Peters, psychiatrist and consultant to Team GB Cycling

Paul Manning, coach to Team GB Cycling

Coaches and players from Bristol Aztecs and London Olympians American Football teams

Ed Smith, former international cricketer

Producer: Toby Field.

With London 2012 a few days away, Chris Ledgard explores the language of sports psychology

Talking About Cancer2014081920140825

The writer Graham Joyce (pictured above left) presents a personal exploration of the language around cancer, and the ways in which we try to make sense of it for ourselves. With contributions from Consultant Haematologist Dr Ben Kennedy and fellow writer Peter Crowther (pictured above right).

Producer Beth O'Dea.

The writer Graham Joyce with a personal take on the ways in which we talk about cancer, and how we try to make sense of it for ourselves. With contributions from Consultant Haematologist Dr Ben Kennedy and fellow writer Peter Crowther.

Talking Or Texting?20160223

We take it for granted that we can maintain our friendships and family relationships now in so many ways: phone... voicemail... email... text... instant message... Facebook... Skype... but do we have any idea of the effect on our relationships of these very different modes of communication? Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright look at research into their emotional impact. What works best for families living on different sides of the world?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Talking Terrorism2014012820140203

It's a word that can start a war, incarcerate the innocent and bring a city to a standstill. Since September 11th 2001 the question of who is and who is not a 'terrorist' has taken a central role in world affairs.

In 'Word of Mouth' Michael Rosen examines the roots of the word in the French Revolution, the strangely glamorous associations it took on in the late 1960s and the current debate over its use in post-9/11 legislation.

The Alphabet2015101320151019 (R4)

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright take us through the A-Z of the alphabet.

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright take us through the A-Z of the alphabet, with the help of Professor Nils Langer. How do we come to have the letters we do?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

The Language Of Bereavement And Grief2013010820130114

The language of bereavement and grief are explored by writer Michael Rosen, as he talks to psychologists, teachers, hospice workers, childrens charities, and visits a Death Cafe.

Winstons Wish is a charity for children who have lost a parent, brother or sister. Michael sits in on a training session for teachers and carers in Cheltenham, and discovers how the language we use can either confuse or comfort young children. He talks to psychologist Colin Murray Parkes about the stages of grieving and the psychological complexity of dealing with loss. And he visits a Death Cafe, where like-minded people come together to discuss anything and everything about death and dying, whilst enjoying tea and cake.

The Language Of Carers20120731

Series exploring the world of words.

The Online Me2014081220140818

Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney asks are we different online than in real life? Breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw says he's cooler, funnier and more 'street' on twitter, while ultra-hip fashion blogger Bip Ling has made up her own language and a character called Mooch on instagram... Laura Dockrill performs a specially commissioned poem on the subject and explains why being called 'saffron' is the highest accolade around.

Dr Aleks Krotoski describes how we use language to create multiple personalities online across different social media platforms and the psychological effect of this. Forensic linguist Dr Claire Hardaker explains how communities rapidly develop their own unique lexicons as a way of establishing who's in and who's out.

Producer Milly Chowles.

Gemma Cairney asks are we different online than in real life? Radio 1 breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw says he's cooler, funnier and more 'street' on twitter, while ultra-hip fashion blogger Bip Ling has made up her own language and a character called Mooch on instagram... Laura Dockrill performs a specially commissioned poem on the subject and explains why being called 'saffron' is the highest accolade around.

Producers Milly Chowles and Beth O'Dea.

The Pedant2015041420150420 (R4)

What is a pedant, and where does pedantry come from? Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discuss with Times writer Oliver Kamm, who describes himself as a "reformed pedant".

Producer Beth O'Dea.

The Persuaders20130326

Michael Rosen explores propaganda and the language of persuasion. He previews a major new propaganda exhibition at the British Library which examines the international use of propaganda in the 20th and 21st centuries. He re-examines the public health messages produced in response to the AIDS epidemic, and we hear from a Salford company specialising in modern, multi-platform public health campaigns.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

The Queen's Speech20120409

In this Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Rosen looks at the way in which the Queen speaks. Has it changed over the years, and how do her grandchildren speak?

Voice coach Penny Dyer demonstrates how she helped Helen Mirren to transform the way she talked, for the film 'The Queen'.

Clive Upton talks about this kind of speech - known as "Trad RP" or "URP".

Jonathan Harrington has studied the Queen's Speech over the decades and traces the ways in which she has come to sound more like her people.

And Peter French listens to the younger generation of the Royal family to hear how they speak.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

In this Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Rosen looks at the way in which the Queen speaks.

The Queen's Speech20120403

In Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Rosen looks at royal language. How has the way the Queen speaks changed over the years, and how about her grandchildren? What is the Queen's English, and does she speak it?

Voice coach Penny Dyer demonstrates how she helped Helen Mirren to transform the way she talked, for the film 'The Queen'.

Jonathan Harrington has studied the Queen's Speech over 50 years and traces the ways in which she has come to sound more like her people.

And we uncover the rather surprising original meaning of the word jubilee.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

In Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Rosen looks at royal language.

The Reduction Of English - Textspeak2012032720120402

Is English being reduced? With people using text-speak, abbreviations, Twitter and bite-size English, Michael Rosen asks if we now talk and write in a new shortened language, and if that has an effect on the way we communicate.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Michael Rosen asks if we now talk and write in shortened language, and if that matters.

Michael Rosen on the uses and abuses of textspeak. Is the English language being abbreviated away?

Writer Will Cohu thinks texting has changed the way we communicate with each other.

Students at William Morris Sixth Form tell Michael how they use their phones to talk - exploding a few popular preconceptions along the way.

Professor David Crystal puts the use of texting language into context, and Canadian linguist Joan Lee discusses her research on the subject.

And Nick D'Aloisio talks about the mobile phone app he's created which condenses and summarises news articles for a time-poor generation.

Michael Rosen on the uses and abuses of textspeak. Is English being abbreviated away?

The Rise Of The Political Soundbite2013090320130909

Chris Ledgard and guests discuss the art and efficacy of the political soundbite.

The Top 20 Words In English20160202

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright guide us through the top 20 words in English. Not the best or most popular (that would include tentacular, ping-pong and sesquipedalian (look it up - it's a cracker). Plus a lot of swearing. No this is the 20 most commonly used. It's actually quite a boring list - full of 'And', 'I', 'of' etc - but look a little closer and it tells you all about the structure of language. The little words you really can't do without that glue all the other ones together.

This kind of list comes from a branch of linguistics called Corpus Linguistics. It looks at the frequency and distribution of words in large bodies of text or speech. You can apply it to anything - political debates, lonely hearts columns or pop songs. Which is exactly what our guest Prof Jonathan Culpeper has done. That's high end linguistics and Phil Collins. Only on Word of Mouth.

The University Of Babel2013031920130325

Generations of students have left lecture halls wondering whether they understood what they just heard. Now, a growing proportion of these learners don't consider English their first language. In the first episode in a new series, Michael Rosen visits Birmingham University to investigate how well the English spoken by foreign students equips them for British university life. And to see how lecturers are adapting to their multilingual audience. And there's feature on Special English, the slowed down, limited vocabulary version of the language developed more than half a century ago as a radio experiment, and which the Voice of America network still uses in its programmes.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Time2014042920140505

Michael Rosen's version of a Brief History of Time, well sort of...! He asks what is time and explores the words we use to talk about it. He looks at some of the earliest devices for measuring time and talks to some who believe they've got an answer to the question of what it is and when it began. Oh and along the way Michael gets in a muddle over a maths equation!

Producer: Perminder Khatkar.

Tip Of The Tongue20160301
Tip Of The Tongue20160301
Tip Of The Tongue2016030120160307 (R4)

It's an experience we've all had - desperately trying to recall a word. You might know the letter it begins with, the letter it ends with, but it just won't pop into your head. So how will Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright cope as we try and induce this most frustrating state: Tip of the Tongue?

They are put under the spotlight by psychologist Dr Meredith Shafto, and try to find ways round it with the help of somebody who can memorise a 1000-digit number in an hour - memory Grandmaster Ed Cooke.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

Tip Of The Tongue20160301

It's an experience we've all had - desperately trying to recall a word. You might know the letter it begins with, the letter it ends with, but it just won't pop into your head. So how will Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright cope as we try and induce this most frustrating state: Tip of the Tongue?

They are put under the spotlight by psychologist Dr Meredith Shafto, and try to find ways round it with the help of somebody who can memorise a 1000-digit number in an hour - memory Grandmaster Ed Cooke.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

Tip Of The Tongue20160301

Under The Influence2012121820121224

Michael Rosen returns for a new series with an investigation into the effects of alcohol on speech and voice quality. Michael talks to psychologists at the University of Liverpool and listens to some of the controlled experiments they're carrying out with undergraduates both sober and intoxicated. He looks at research into the perfect pub song, and beer writer Pete Brown talks about the quintessential hum of pub chat. And we visit the Royal College of Music to discuss voice care and the kinds of food and drink professional singers have to avoid in order to prolong their careers.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Weighing Your Words2014071520140721

Chris Ledgard investigates three situations where the precise use of words is crucial. He speaks to a cancer specialist and a woman in remission from the disease about the language of diagnosis and prognosis. How do doctors balance the need to be sensitive with the need to be accurate? Is the word cancer itself still one that people prefer not to use? The second situation under consideration is when journalists, covering a fast moving story for the popular press, are made party to information they are requested not to print. Reporter Paul Sims describes how he dealt with one such situation during the hunt for the gunman, Raoul Moat in 2010. Finally, there can be few situations where choosing precisely the right words matters more than during negotiations to end an armed conflict.

Britain's Chief Negotiator on Northern Ireland, Jonathan Powell and Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy, discuss the language that paved the way to the Good Friday Agreement and why it was often ambiguous rather than clear language that kept the talks on track.

Why Do We Laugh?2014123020150105 (R4)

Michael Rosen finds out why we laugh and why we cry, with neuroscientists Sophie Scott and Sam Evans, and linguist Laura Wright. It's probably not why you think... And does it matter if laughter and crying are real or false, in terms of their effect on us? Producer Beth O'Dea.

Words That Wound2014050620140512

Words can change lives, bring hope ,but they can also be scary, cruel and cause offence. Michael Rosen explores whether online abuse has more of an impact on us today than face to face.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar.

Young Women As Linguistic Innovators20150512

How has Kim Kardashian influenced the way you speak? More than you'd imagine! Michael Rosen and Laura Wright discuss the role of young women in language innovation across cultures, with the help of Dr Enam El-Wer of Essex University.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Zap, Pow, Kerrang!19950121

First broadcast on 1994-10-04

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 11 October 1994

Previous in series: WILD CHILD

Broadcast history

04 Oct 1994 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

21 Jan 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1994-10-03.

03Morsels Of Execration1999010719990110

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the language we speak.

`Morsels of Execration'.

A cornucopia of old English words and phrases which may be best left forgotten or richly deserve a renaissance.

Also a challenge to the assumption that ou.

04 LASTRunning Dogs And Capitalist Lackeys1999011419990117

Michael Rosen presents the last in the present series about language and how we use it.

4: `Running Dogs and Capitalist Lackeys'.

The colourful language of ideological persuasion ten years after the fall of Communism.

05To Correct Or Not To Correct2001011120010114

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

5: To Correct or Not to Correct.

Michael enters the debate on language acquisition: does pointing out our children's mistakes give them a grammatical head start or stifle a natural process?

06Faff, Banter And Pop2001011820010121

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

6: Faff, Banter and Bop.

The jargon of student life and the language spawned by the computer industry.

10A Real Gem1999092319990926

Michael Rosen presents the programme about language and the way we speak.

10: `A Real Gem'.

They can be tokens of love, amulets to ward off evil spirits, or symbols of status and wealth.

From treasured trinkets to diamond-encrusted tiaras - Michael Rosen

11Everytime We Say Goodbye1999093019991003

The programme about language and the way we speak.

11: `Everytime We Say Goodbye'.

Farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu - Michael Rosen will catch you later with the language of leave-taking.

12Punch-drunk1999100719991010

The programme about language and the way we speak.

12: `Punch-Drunk'.

Michael Rosen goes six rounds with the language of boxing.

195C01Nanny's Dinky Hankies19950919

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 2/6

Previous in series: 01 July 1995

Broadcast history

19 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

18 Nov 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-18.

195C02Programme Catalogue - Details: 2/619950926

Producer: S.

ELMES

Next in series: 3/6

Previous in series: 1/6, NANNY'S DINKY HANKIES

Broadcast history

26 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

25 Nov 1995 22:15-22:45 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-22.

197D01In The Mood19971018

Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

1: `In the Mood'.

The language of dating and mating, and a celebration by Frank Delaney of that most subtle of grammatical moods, the subjunctive.

197D02The Persistent Past19971025

Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

2: `The Persistent Past'.

Novelist A S Byatt is among those trying to account for the surprising persistence of received pronunciation, despite the preference for speech which res.

197D03Already, So Soon, My Life19971101

Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

3: `Already, So Soon, My Life'.

This programme wraps up warm, takes a mouthful of chicken soup and explores the Jewish joke.

And, a plague on both your houses: the art of obloquy.

197D04The Naming Of Parts19971108

Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

4: `The Naming of Parts'.

The art of naming, amongst other things, genes and molecules and perfumes.

197D05Did You Come Far?19971115

The big picture on small talk, a look at nonsense song lyrics, and the subtle art of the threatening letter.

197D06 LASTCan You Hear Me, Mother?19971122

The last of six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.

`Can You Hear Me, Mother?' Simon Callow on the craft and physical challenge of theatrical projection.

Plus the People's Lexicon revealed.

197DXMASWord Of Mouth's Christmas Cracker1997122519971227

Russell Davies presents a special programme packed with linguistic whizzbangs and suitably seasonal solecisms.

Guest partygoers play games such as `parse the parcel' and `pin the vowel on the Santa'.

198A01A Fresh Start19980106

Russell Davies returns with six programmes exploring language and the way we speak.

1: `A Fresh Start'.

A search for new love among the abbreviations of the lonely hearts columns, an attempt to decode the names of nursery schools, and, as the francophone.

198A02Cast The Net And Sale Away19980113

Russell Davies returns with six programmes exploring language and the way we speak.

2: `Cast the Net and Sale Away'.

Everything Must Go - the language of the sales.

And a look at the `netiquette' of e-mail.

198A03Sick As A Parrot...19980120

Russell Davies returns with six programmes exploring language and the way we speak.

3: `Sick as a Parrot...' The language of the sporting world's post-match interview.

And a rustle through the wrappers for the words of confectionery.

198A04Close Enough For Jazz19980127

The language of jazz clubs.

And how much can be kept from kids?

198A05The New Look19980203

Russell Davies presents six programmes exploring language and the way we speak.

5: `The New Look'.

How new is new? Plus a contemporary look at the language of style.

198A06 LASTAs Time Goes By19980210

Russell Davies presents six programmes exploring language and the way we speak.

The last programme of the series, `As Time Goes By', looks at how manufacturing definitions have woven their way into our speech and, as the millennium countdown progresses, e.

198A99The People's Lexicon19980331

`The People's Lexicon'.

Russell Davies presents a special edition of the programme which looks at language and how we use it.

The Government have, or the Government has - which is correct? The dos and don'ts of contemporary English, as raised by listeners.

198B01It's A Cert1998040919980412

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

1: `It's a Cert!' With the sound of the Grand National still ringing in our ears, a look at the arcane language of the racetrack.

198B02Unaccustomed As I Am...1998041619980419

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

2: `Unaccustomed as I Am...' The art (or vulgar craft) of the bridegroom's blessing, and the pseudery of artistic criticism.

198B03Babel/babble1998042319980426

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

3: `Babel/Babble'.

Rapping across the USA, and the perils and pleasures of psychobabble.

198B04Back-page Ko1998043019980503

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

4: `Back-Page KO'.

With the World Cup just weeks away, Word of Mouth samples the battle of linguistic brawn and brain on the sports pages.

Plus: `read these instructions carefully and.

198B05Medical Language1998050719980510

An attempt to decipher the language of the medical profession, with the help of Dr Michael O'donnell and self-confessed hypochondriac Sue Limb

198B06The Way That You Say It1998051419980517

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

`The Way That You Say It'.

The importance of inflection, and the (broadcastable) language of the removal trade.

198B07Say It With Flowers1998052119980524

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

`Say It with Flowers'.

A visit to the Chelsea Flower Show to find out how flowers are christened and to discover how many gardeners know their Latin names as well as their onions.

198C01Summer Breeze1998080619980809

Six programmes in which Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

1: `Summer Breeze'.

At the beach: cassettes or books? Plus the words written in seaside rock.

198C02All The Word's A Stage1998081319980816

Six programmes in which Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

2: `All the Word's a Stage'.

Words and phrases that belong to the stage, plus the specialist language of holiday brochures.

198C03Ulla!1998082019980823

Six programmes in which Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

3: `Ulla!' A guide to British words abroad, and the language of monsters, Martians and soup dragons.

198C04Song, Slang And Southend1998082719980830

Six programmes in which Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

4: `Song, Slang and Southend'.

The pleasures of map-reading and singing.

And Jonathan Green, a veteran student of slang, reveals his sources.

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198C06Werds R Us1998091019980913

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

`Werds R Us'.

The politics of poor spelling and pronunciation.

198C07Getting The Words Out1998091719980920

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

`Getting the Words out'.

Speech disorders and their relationship to the brain.

198C08Mantras1998092419980927

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

`Mantras'.

The history and contemporary context of incantations that signal harmony and peace of mind.

198C09The New Re-pub-lic1998100119981004

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

`The New Re-PUB-lic'.

When a pub is renamed, does marketing win over history?

198C10 LASTWol Wantok (one World Talk)1998100819981011

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

`Wol Wantok (One World Talk)'.

Actor Ken Campbell is on a mission to teach the world to speak the same language by the year 2000.

Plus the announcement of the winner of the Greatest Living Speaker of English.

199C01Past, Present And Fast Forward1999072219990725

Michael Rosen returns for the summer run of the programme about English and the way we speak.

1: `Past, Present and Fast Forward'.

Including poet laureate Andrew Motion on 1000 years of English, the vogue for voice-training workshops, and superfluous jarg.

199C02The Super Duper Ultra Edition1999072919990801

Michael Rosen presents the programme about English and the way we speak.

2: `The Super Duper Ultra Edition'.

The language of superlatives - Brian Patten and Roy Hattersley make a mega brill contribution.

Plus the results of a worldwide English survey and.

199C03Organic1999080519990808

Michael Rosen presents the programme about English and the way we speak.

3: The word `organic' and how we should use it.

And Polly Toynbee muses on the stealthy deployment of the words `customer' and `client'.

199C04...and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt1999081219990815

Michael Rosen presents the programme about English and the way we speak.

4: `...And All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt'.

The outspoken art of the T-shirt, some in-flight entertainment and why feeling `knackered' has its roots in the age of the horse and car.

199C05Backpackers Good, Tourists Bad1999081919990822

Michael Rosen presents the programme about English and the way we speak.

5: `Backpackers GOOD, Tourists BAD'.

A rough guide to the cultural baggage of the holidaymaker.

And, as controversy rages in the international byrological fraternity over the renamin.

199C05Old Mcdonald1999090219990905

Michael Rosen explores words and the way we speak.

5: `Old McDonald'.

Edinburgh Festival comedians on the art of the ad-lib, and a cacophony of international animal sounds presided over by Johnny Morris.

199C06Eheu Fugaces!1999082619990829

The demise of the Latin tag.

Plus the start of a search for the most fascinating names in Britain.

199C09Term-time Terminology1999090919990912

Michael Rosen presents the programme about English and the way we speak.

9: `Term-Time Terminology'.

It is time to `go back to basics'.

SATs and baseline assessments await - the language of the new school term.

199D02Spirit Of The Dance1999122320000102

Michael Rosen presents four programmes about words and the way we speak.

2: `Spirit of the Dance'.

What words do you use for something as visual as dance? And at the threshold of the millennium, a plain guide to Janus, the January god.

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199D03Making Ends Meet2000010620000109

A look at the literary device which repeats words in reverse order, as in the phrase `Not the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning'.

199D04 LASTCrowning Glory2000011320000116

Michael Rosen presents the last of four programmes about words and the way we speak.

`Crowning Glory'.

To keep warm there are beavers, Phrygians, fedoras and calpacs: words for articles you wear on the head to make a statement.

Plus a look at German idiom.

200A01A Bit Of A Flutter2000030920000312

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

1: `A Bit of a Flutter'.

How the language of gambling has come to pervade our everyday speech.

200A02Brave New Words2000031620000319

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

2: `Brave New Words'.

Science fiction may be the literature of the future, but how have writers described things to come? And why has Pokemon invaded the minds and vocabulary of our children?

200A03Yo-ho-ho And A Bottle Of Rum2000032320000326

A look at pirate words, to discover which are fact and which are fiction, and how e-mail might affect spelling, grammar and punctuation.

200A04Get Out And Get Under2000033020000402

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

4: `Get Out and Get Under'.

From automobile to off-road, the evolving vocabulary of four-wheel driving.

Plus the launch of the `Word of Mouth' headline-of-the-year competition.

200A05Heavens Above2000040620000409

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

5: `Heavens Above'.

From Tripaxseptalice to Old Joe, who decides what the stars are called? Plus a chance to name your own asteroid.

200A06Proceeding In A Westerly Direction2000041320000416

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

6: `Proceeding in a Westerly Direction'.

How the police tussle with the law and the lexicon when communicating with the public.

200A07Let Me See What I Can Do2000042020000423

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

7: `Let Me See What I Can Do'.

How hostage negotiators use language to achieve a peaceful outcome, and why you might find your boss using the same vocabulary.

200A08Name That Tune2000042720000430

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

8: Name That Tune.

From Parlophone to Polydor, from Stax to Stiff, the stories behind the names of record labels large and small.

200C01Gotta Ticket For The Clue-train2000080320000806

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

1: `Gotta Ticket for the Clue-Train'.

Word watcher David Barnhart reports from the front line of the latest jargon Stateside.

Why do we `um' and `er'? Plus a look at the history of kno.

200C02Loving The Alien?2000081020000813

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

2: `Loving the Alien?' How has our language responded to centuries of immigration? When can you drink a Spitfire or Hobgoblin? Plus a beginner's guide to information warfare.

200C03Now Here2000081720000820

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

3: `Now Here's the Good News'.

Featuring a guide to political spin, the key to linguistic flirting, and the differences between irony, sarcasm and cynicism.

200C04Full Of Flavour2000082420000827

This week, a look at the language we use to evoke our food, and a masseur utters soothing sounds.

200C05Could You Possibly Pass Me The Salt?2000083120000903

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

5: `Could You Possibly Pass Me the Salt?' Professor Jean Aitchison and Lisa Appignanesi discuss why we disguise our demands with politeness, and Frank Wilson delves into the semantic c.

200C06The Bottle Of Britain2000090720000910

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

6: `The Bottle of Britain'.

Beer hunter Michael Jackson considers whether beer names work wonders.

Veteran cinematographer Jack Cardiff explains the language of filmmaking, and Ian Pea.

200C07What's Cooking?2000091420000917

The origins of the word `barbecue' explored.

200C08Chocks Away!2000092120000924

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

8: `Chocks Away!' RAF slang, and why a Spitfire is called a Spitfire.

200C09Crock Of Gold2000092820001001

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

9: Crock of Gold.

A guide to delivering easily digested words of wisdom as an after-dinner speaker.

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Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

10: Going for Broke.

Cash in on the meaning of money.

200D01Best Boys And Zip Pans2000121420001217

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

1: Best Boys and Zip Pans.

He unpacks the arcane language of the film world, while Ian Peacock deciphers the latest teenspeak.

200D02National Press In Slug-fest2000122120001224

In the Word of Mouth Millennium Headline competition, he assesses the punchiest, pithiest, funniest and neatest headlines of the year, and announces a winner.

200D03Seasonal Cheers2000122820001231

A look at how experts convey the flavour of whisky, the origins of the word `Hogmanay', and what we say when we clink glasses and toast each other.

201D01No Offence!2001120720011209

He considers the merits of the American-style, strictly non-denominational Christmas greeting `Happy Holiday'.

201D02Whatever!2001121420011216

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

`Whatever!' He celebrates the wonderful world of taglines.

201D03What's Your Handle2001122120011223

He considers nicknames.

201D04Sitting On Sigmund2001122820011230

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

4: `Sitting on Sigmund'.

The naming of sofas is explained and Michael looks at Anglo-Saxon riddles.

201D05A New Dawn2002010420020106

He find out about New Zealand English.

201D06Pass It On2002011120020113

He finds out about the revealing world of computer passwords.

201D07Mouth Watering2002011820020120

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

7: `Mouth Watering'.

He investigates idioms.

201D08How You Say?2002012520020127

Michael Rosen with the series about words and the way we speak.

8: `How You Say?' He looks at a big study of English spoken as a second language.

201D09 LASTThe Queen2002020120020203

Michael Rosen concludes the series about words.

9: `The Queen's English'.

To mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, an examination of the changing face of royal language.

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Michael Rosen presents a new series about words and the way we speak.

202B02Bullseye2002041920020421

Michael Rosen looks at words and the way we speak.

2: `Bullseye'.

The arcane world of darts has produced a jargon of its own which frequently bears little resemblance to English.

202B03Penguins And Yomping2002042620020428

Michael Rosen presents a series about words and the way we speak.

3: `Penguins and Yomping'.

Twenty years after the conflict, Michael investigates the dialect of the Falklands.

202B04Bishop To C42002050320020505

Michael Rosen presents a series about words and the way we speak.

4: `Bishop to c4'.

Then language of the chessboard is strewn with metaphors applicable to everyday life.

202B05Zoom2002051020020512

The vocabulary of Formula One motor racing contains many arcane terms incomprehensible to anybody else.

202B06Des Res2002051720020519

Michael Rosen presents a series about words.

6: `Des Res'.

Estate agents seem to speak the same language as the rest of us, but the words often mean something completely different.

202B07Assessment Tools2002052420020526

Michael Rosen presents a series about words and the way we speak.

7: `Assessment Tools'.

An attempt to demystify such terms as `attitudinal strengths' and `downsizing workload'.

202B08The Axis Of Evil2002053120020602

Michael Rosen presents a series about words and the way we speak.

8: `The Axis of Evil'.

Including the listeners' verdict on who is Britain's wittiest person.

202C01Tenth Anniversary Edition2002080920020811

Michael Rosen presents a special tenth anniversary edition of the programme about words and the way we speak.

With Frank Delaney, Steve Punt, David Crystal and Lynda Mugglestone.

202C02Oh Yeah2002081620020818

On the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Michael celebrates the jargon of rock 'n' roll.

202C03Bronzed2002082320020825

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

`Bronzed'.

Even the relatively simple process of acquiring a tan has developed a vocabulary of its own.

202C04Hungerford's Burden2002083020020901

Fifteen years after the shootings, Michael visits Hungerford to discuss the language of tragedy.

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Michael Rosen meets Blade Kotelly, an expert who blends computer technology with psychology and linguistics to create the illusion of a human being.

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Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

`Sabre Rattling'.

An examination of the metaphorical language of the international stand-off.

202D01Winter Draws On2002120620021208

Michael Rosen presents a new series of the programme about words and the way we speak.

1: Winter Draws On.

A look at the curious and sometimes confusing world of homophones.

202D022002121320021215

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.

202D03Sick As A Parrot2002122020021222

Michael Rosen presents the programme about the way we speak.

This edition looks at the language of decorations and the evolving relationship between football commentary and tense.

202D04Cheers, Skoal, Prost2002122720021229

This edition looks at the language of wine and how we describe the sensations of taste.

202D05Creative About Curing Colds2003010320030105

This edition looks at the language around one of mankind's greatest enemies - the common cold.

202D06Mirror, Signal, Manouver2003011020030112

Robert Lacey uncovers the Queen's English and Miles Kington ponders the language of humour.

202D0721st Century Babble-on2003011720030119

With Michael Rosen.

Historian Justin Champion asks whether it really is good to talk and suggests we switch off our mobiles and embark upon a linguistic detox.

202D08Lets Make Up2003012420030126

Let's make Up.

The cosmetics industry has cast off the limitations of English and spawned its own vocabulary.

203B01Stars, Bars And Blighty2003040420030406

With President Bush 'huntin' down' terrorists and 'smokin' 'em out', what's next for the great Atlantic language chasm?

203B02Le Sport Merveilleux:2003041120030413

Michael Rosen looks at the way French stars have acquired the language of the football and how the language of the women's movement has evolved.

203B03A Bit Of The Other2003041820030420

As the sap rises and the new shoots burgeon, some reflections on the language of sex and seduction.

203B04Bridal Talk: Love, Honour And Obey2003042520030427

Word Of Mouth explores the language of traditional and civil marriages vows at the time of seasonal spring weddings.

And, beware, be aware, be wary: the uses and corruptions of the interesting words ending in ware.

203B05Speaking With Forked Tongue2003050220030504

The language of flattery and how to tell if someone is being sincere.

203B06Tea And Sandwiches2003050920030511

It's Total Sandwich Week.

Michael Rosen explores the language of the sandwich, from the Romans to the Hellmans washing it down with the perfect brew.

203B07Doyerknowwhatimean?2003051620030518

Arthur Smith defends a noble 'filler phrase' and Pete Atkin explains his bug bear.

203B08 LASTYou Say Tomato2003052320030525

Michael chooses your best 'Stars Bars and Blighty' linguistic confusions, John Wells says beware of Beware and in the twenties we got a new word, Deco, but what else?

203C01It's All Going Swimmingly!2003080820030810

He grabs his trunks and towel and heads for the Lido to cool off in a traditional British way.

As Beatlemania reaches middle age, he examines the Fab Four's lexical legacy.

And it's 70 years since the first BBC national broadcast by a woman announcer - what of it?

203C02Fullbottomed, Mops And Merkin2003081520030817

Today he explores the waggery of wiggery - language connected with wig-making.

Plus, the Interesting world of oxymorons, where opposites combine to make minor masterpieces.

203C03It's Not Cricket2003082220030824

Michael Rosen goes to bat on the subject of cricketing language and jargon.

Stephen Green, curator of the Lord's Cricket Museum, will be at hand to explain the origins of covers, jaffa, and popping-crease, while the Test Match Special team talks about the words and phrases that cricket has given to the English language.

Plus, are Euros Euro?

203C04Dog Days And Nights2003082920030831

Roll up, Roll up.

In this week's edition, Michael Rosen takes you down a magical mystery tour across the universe of The Beatles lyrics ""where words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup."" Plus an ode to the silly season or the sultry days of the dog.

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Michael Rosen presents the programme about the way we speak.

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Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak.

In this edition, he sets out to teach classical English grammar to contemporary GCSE students.

Plus, Topp marks, a celebration of the arcane spelling of Nigel Molesworth

203C07Pillow Talk2003091920030921

This week we find Michael in the bedroom.

Will he know his valance from his candlewick, his quilt from his comforter? And ten years since Boris Yeltsin's Russian coup, is a coup the same the world over? Do you still call it a coup if you're in the middle of it?

203C08 LASTCome Together2003092620030928

As the sun sets on another series of Word of Mouth, we reach the end of the long and winding road to find listeners' prize Beatles lyrics entry.

203D01Compliments Of The Season2003120520031207

A look at the art of praise, faint praise, and downright dissing.

Plus, the toe-curling language of feet and other parts of the anatomy.

203D02Order, Order!2003121220031214

Anthony Howard looks at the changing language of the political speech, while Michael Rosen explores the meanings and origins of 400 years of Christmas tradition.

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203D04Whatever2003122620031228

Today a look at the different usages of the word 'whatever'.

203D05Armour, Icons And Adjectivitis2004010220040104

The charming and intelligent Simon Jenkins encourages a fresh, vibrant, new year's resolution - to control the use of unnecessary adjectives.

And Michael Rosen explores the uses and abuses of the word icon and visits the Royal Armoury in Leeds "with beaver up and greaves on.".

203D06Wholehearted, Halfbrained2004010920040111

The Word of Mouth Body Parts Challenge gets ahead of itself.

'Hard cash' and 'Glamour'; Miles Kington looks at the neologisms of another age and, as we celebrate the centenary of the first IQ test, Michael Rosen wonders if 'intelligence' could be the most fraudulent word of this age.

All this plus 'Ned' Culture on the streets of Glasgow.

203D07Ganache! Montellimar! Montezuma!2004011620040118

Do such words make your taste buds tingle? Your heart pound with expectation and delight? They may well do if you are a lover of chocolate, or xocoatl as the bean that Christopher Columbus was given in 1502 was called by the Nicaraguans.

Plus the fast-talking, wise cracking, horn tooting words of the Marx Brothers, as 'Monkey Business' lovers everywhere prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the brothers' writer S J Perelman.

Parp!.

203D08 LASTLoose Ends2004012320040125

It's the last programme in the current series so everyone's on tenterhooks wondering who's won the body part metaphors competition.

Michael also travels to Bradford to discover the warp and weft of weaving language and how it has woven itself into everyday speech.

e.g.

being on tenterhooks.

204B01A Full And Frank Discussion2004040220040404

As the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale approaches, Michael Rosen and guests explore the subtle language of diplomacy.

Plus: Is this goodbye? The words we use to take our leave - from farewell to CUL8R.

204B02It's Only Rock And Roll But ...2004040920040411

Rock around the Clock was released 50 years ago this week.

Michael Rosen and guests translate the language of rock and roll - from bee bop alula to tutti frutti oh rutti - and find it's every bit as scandalous as the establishment feared.

Plus, The Naming of Wars.

How and why conflicts old and new came by their titles.

204B03A Chip Off The Old Block2004041620040418

Wood and wood working have provided us with some of our most useful and frequently used idioms.

Michael Rosen and guests talk timber.

Plus, best selling author Ben Schott rejoices in the romantic language of falconry.

204B04Cockney Or Mockney2004042320040425

With their gentle satire on class in post-war Britain, the Ealing Comedies secured an abiding place in the national consciousness.

But just how accurate was the speech of the union officials in The Man with the White Suit or the working class Londoners in Passport to Pimlico?; plus: It's written in the stars - how the language of astronomy came down to earth in words like consider, disaster and influenza.

204B05Funny Talk2004043020040502

Are some words inherently funnier than others? This programme investigates the language of comedy.

204B06Abracadabra!2004050720040509

Michael Rosen and guests pull a rabbit out of a hat as they investigate magical words associated with conjuring.

204B072004051420040516

Michael Rosen and guests take another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

204B08 LASTIn The Moog2004052120040523

For the last eight weeks the Word of Mouth postbag has bulged with entries to the competition for words for things we don't have words for.

Today, in the last programme of the series, the results are announced and a crop of new words are released into the language.

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This week his linguistic investigations involve music, poetry, plain English and beekeeping.

Recorded at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

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Michael Rosen presents another edition of the programme that opens the door on words, language and the way we speak.

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Michael Rosen and guests take another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

[Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Michael Rosen presents a special edition of the show about words, language and the way we speak recorded at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

The programme includes an interview with the actor, director, writer and former Monty Python, Terry Jones; listeners questions answered by etymologist Michael Quinion and linguist Lynda Mugglestone; and a column from Miles Kington

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205C01Wombac2005080520050807

Michael Rosen launches the new Word of Mouth competition known cryptically as WOMBAC in which listeners are invited to send in their own freshly minted acronyms that reflect contemporary Britain.

What's a WOMBAC? It stands for the Word of Mouth Brilliant Acronyms Competition of course!.

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Word of Mouth links up with BBC Voices to bring you the Bulls of Gravesend, a Romany family who were recorded revealing the secrets of the language they use.

There are also two explanations for the word pikey, and why gorgios - the term they use for us - is meant with no disrespect.

On the same theme, Gerry Anderson reports back to Michael from the world of hobos in the US.

Also, the WOMBAC competition for the best acronym continues to draw attention from listeners with GSOH.

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Michael Rosen returns with the series which takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

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In a special edition to mark the start of the panto season, Michael Rosen reports on the language of the theatre, from stage names to funny voices.

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Michael Rosen with a festive edition which asks, among other things, why we feel the need at this time of year to use words like 'festive'.

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Michael Rosen referees the Great Word of Mouth New Year Pub Quiz, in which points are awarded for getting the questions right.

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Michael Rosen presents a special edition on matters equestrian, recorded at the London International Horse Show.

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Matt Harvey returns with a new series, investigating the world of words and the way we speak.

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Matt Harvey presents the programme about the way we speak.

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He explores teenspeak with a father and son team who have compiled a dictionary on the subject.

Writer Louise Rennison and psychologist Dorothy Rowe join him in front of an audience at the Dartington Ways with Words festival.

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Guest presenter John Lloyd continues the series which takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

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Featuring Stuttering and Cluttering, with Rosemarie Hayhow; why should English be the dominant language of science, with Stefan Klein; and the language of meditation, with Vishvapani.

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Graham Fraser, Dennis Baron, Chris Bryant, Rob Dunbar and Janet Muller discuss bilingualism.

Cricket correspondents Ian Robertson and Vic Marks talk about the effects of pitchside microphones.

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Michael Rosen presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

Including Sonja Elen Kisa on inventing one's own language and Neil Taylor on inventing names for companies and products.

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This special edition is devoted to children's nursey rhymes with Dan Jones.

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Including word-based teaching in classrooms with Phil Davis from Picture the Music, The Partridge Dictionary of Slang with Terry Victor and Urban Dictionary creator Aaron Peckham, and how the Police name their operations with Dylan Winter

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In a special edition of the programme Michael Rosen visits the front line of the linguistic war zone that is today's Belgium.

The stand-off between French-speaking Walloons in the south of the country and the northern Flemings whose language is Dutch now threatens the future of Belgium as a nation state.

Michael talks to linguist Jeanine Treffers-Daller to find out why the divisions run so deep.

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Incuding the changing language of the Queen with Jan Ravens, proverbs with Geoff Rolls, rebranding foods with Kate Colquhoun and island languages with Alice Buffet.

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He examines the concept of bad language - why we swear, what makes a particular word taboo in polite company and why swearing is on the increase among young people.

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He investigates why we sometimes find it hard to say what we mean or mean what we say.

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Peggy Reynolds presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them (3/8).

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John Lloyd presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them.

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Michael Rosen takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

He looks at the language of apologies and insults.

Guests are Quentin Letts and Janey Godley.

American academic Nick Smith explains why he believes that many apologies are simply lies.

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Peggy Reynolds takes another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

She investigates vocal pitch.

Is it true that to get on the radio a woman has to sound like a man? Why is it that, according to scientists, attractive women have attractive voices? And why is there such a difference in intonation between women of different nationalities?

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Another journey into the world of words, language and the way we speak.

Peggy Reynolds investigates the world of language guardians and explores the battles raging on the internet blogs that have superseded the letters once written to newspapers.

And while we might ask for a hotel room with an 'en suite', the French would never use the phrase in that context.

So which other French words and phases are we misusing?

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Chris Ledgard presents the first in a new series of Word of Mouth exploring the different ways in which deaf people communicate: sign language, lip reading and also speaking.

One in seven of us in the UK is deaf or hard of hearing (according to figures produced by the Medical Research Council).

For many deaf people, English isn't their first language - they grow up speaking sign language.

Chris talks to the artist and writer Louise Stern, who speaks in sign language and is the fourth generation to be born deaf in her family, via her long-time collaborator and interpreter, Oliver Pouliot.

Reporter Sally Heaven visits the University of Bristol Centre for Deaf Studies - the only one in the UK - to find out more about the intricacies of British Sign Language from Linda Day and Rachel Sutton-Spence.

And Chris meets Charlie Swinbourne, a deaf journalist and scriptwriter who grew up in a deaf family and describes himself as "hard of hearing".

He both speaks and uses sign language so moves between both the deaf and hearing worlds.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Exploring the different ways in which deaf people communicate.

First of new series.

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Chris Ledgard investigates the world of the inner monologue to find out how we talk to ourselves.

Are the words we use internally the same as when we speak.

Contributors include the author Tim Parks, whose books - such as Europa - often read like an internal discussion.

His latest book recounts his efforts to overcome a debilitating illness, which he discovered was caused by too many words.

Chris Ledgard investigates the world of the inner monologue.

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Chris Ledgard travels to a three day celebration of storytelling, Festival at the Edge in Shropshire, one of many storytelling festivals now held globally.

Here he meets storytellers from all over the world, and the audiences who have come to hear them, to try and discover why in a digital age there has been such a resurgence of interest what is after all, an ancient method of communication.

Producer Paul Dodgson.

Chris Ledgard on the rise in popularity of storytelling at the Festival at the Edge.

Chrs Ledgard travels to a three day celebration of storytelling, Festival at the Edge in Shropshire, one of many storytelling festivals now held globally.

Chris Ledgard considers the rise in popularity of storytelling at the Festival at the Edge

210C042010081020100816

Every August exam results are published, and every August newspaper headlines are filled with comments about dumbing down.

But how much thought lies behind modern examination questions, and who decides the language that is used ? In Word of Mouth we hear from Edexcel's chair of history examiners Angela Leonard, and her managing director Ziggy Liaquat.

The key word is accessibility, and enabling students to understand the questions they have been set.

It all seems a brave new world for our presenter Chris Ledgard, who recalls stumbling through an A Level question about Bismarck's expediency, not knowing what expediency meant.

Also the American critic Joe Queenan attacks the editors who insist on the use of simpler words in his books.

"People who don't enjoy words should just shut up," he says.

The producer is Miles Warde.

Word of Mouth explores the value of dumbing down.

210C05Body Language2010081720100823

How important is body language in the way we communicate? Are some people much better at it than others? Can good body language be taught? Chris Ledgard investigates.

Chris visits Dr Harry Witchel for some body language training, looks into some body language myths, and talks to impressionist Kate Robbins about the way she uses her face and gestures when mimicking people.

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

Chris Ledgard considers the importance of body language in communication.

210C062010082420100830

With just two years remaining until London's Olympic Games start, the search for volunteers with language skills has begun.

Presenter Chris Ledgard travels to St Pancras station to meet Seb Coe, Boris Johnson and LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton to hear about the two schemes - Games Makers and Ambassadors for London.

"You don't need a degree in Mandarin" says Boris Johnson, but what language skills are required ? Chris also talks to gold medal winner Sally Gunnell about the need for translators in previous games, and also to Professor Joe Lo Bianco in Australia.

Joe was heavily involved in the planning for the Sydney Olympics, which set a benchmark in getting language requirements correct.

Does Joe think the London organisers have left enough time to get everything in place ?

Chris Ledgard investigates the search for translators for London 2012.

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Every two weeks another language becomes extinct and, according to UNESCO, more than 2400 languages spoken today are endangered and will probably vanish by the end of the century.

In this edition of Word of Mouth Chris Ledgard meets some of those who are dedicating their lives to maintaining global linguistic diversity.

These include Dr Mark Turin, the founder of the Oral Literature Project in Cambridge who works with Thangmi speakers in a remote region of Nepal; Dr Stephen Leonard who is preparing to spend a year in Northern Greenland with a community whose language is threatened as an indirect consequence of global warming; and Dr Julia Sallabank who is working to preserve Guernesiais, a language unique to the island of Guernsey.

According to the 2001 census, it was spoken by just 2% of the population.

Producer Paul Dodgson.

Chris Ledgard meets some of those trying to stop the death of languages around the world.

210C08 LASTVoices For Posterity2010090720100913

Chris Ledgard talks to people who are preserving their voices for posterity.

He meets Tony Crimlisk who's been recording his family and friends on an old Grundig tape player since 1956, oral historian Shelley Trower and Laurence Brewer who's in the process of banking his voice before he loses it forever.

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

210D01Evolving English2010122120101227

Michael Rosen begins a new series by exploring the British Library's first ever exhibition on the history of English.

The exhibition is called "Evolving English", and Michael's guests include David Crystal, the author of the book of the same name.

Comics, adverts, text messages and trading records have all been used by the British Library to chart the development of English from a language spoken on a small island to the global language we know today.

The curators explain how they chose the exhibits, including the earliest surviving copy of Beowulf, the King James Bible, and the poem "Essay to Miss Catharine Jay", which contains the phrase "I wrote 2 U B 4", printed well over a hundred years before the advent of text messaging.

Michael Rosen explores the first history of English exhibition at the British Library.

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Christmas is over and now the TV ads are all about holidays.

Michael Rosen considers the language of travel and tourism.

At the World Travel Market he collects the adjectives that are used to sell holidays, then discusses them with a professor of linguistics who specialises in the subject.

Travel journalist Simon Calder adds some travel trade jargon.

Producer: Peter Everett.

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In January 1961 in New York's Greenwich Village, Bob Dylan was beginning a career that would revolutionise song-writing.

Michael Rosen lends an ear to the last fifty years of the song-lyric.

Dylanologist Michael Gray explains why Bob matters.

A sceptical David Quantick argues that Dylan's influence was not entirely helpful to rock music.

And singer-songwriter KT Tunstall pays tribute to one of her biggest influences.

Producer: Peter Everett.

210D042011011120110117

In 1861, Johann P.

Reis announced that he'd invented the microphone.

To celebrate 150 noisy years, Michael Rosen is joined by John Liffen, Curator of Communications at the Science Museum, the social historian, Clare Langhamer, and 'digital futurologist', Peter Cochrane.

Steve Punt, meanwhile, reports from an alternative universe where the microphone was never invented.

Producer: Peter Everett.

Michael Rosen celebrates the life of the microphone.

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We have thousands of words that mean 'I approve' and thousands more that mean 'I disapprove'.

Michael Rosen sets out to discover why we need so many.

Producer: Peter Everett.

Michael Rosen explores the world of language and communication.

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Between the newspaper reporter and the readers sits a shadowy figure - the sub-editor.

It's the sub who thinks up the punning headline and crafts the catchy intro.

Michael Rosen joins the 'back bench' as the presses get ready to roll.

Producer: Peter Everett.

Michael Rosen explores the world of language and communication.

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First of a new series.

Michael Rosen looks at languages in the UK today - who speaks English and who doesn't? If you live in the UK should you speak English - and if so, what will be the effect of cutting the funding for English language classes?

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

Michael Rosen looks at languages in the UK today - who speaks English and who doesn't?

Michael Rosen looks at the speaking of English in the UK - who speaks English and who doesn't? If you live in the UK should you speak English - and if so, what will be the effect of cutting the funding for ESOL English language classes?

Michael meets people settled in the UK who are studying English, to find out how they learn it, and how it's paid for.

Then he chairs a discussion on the wider issues with John Eversley, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Care at City University; Douglas Murray, author and political commentator, and Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion; Sarah Mulley, Associate Director for Migration, Trade and Development at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Ceri Williams, Warden and Principal of Mary Ward Settlement and Centre.

Michael Rosen looks at the speaking of English in the UK - who does and who doesn't?

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Michael Rosen looks at the world of words.

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Michael Rosen explores the complex relationship between language and sport, and asks "If sport is so unpredictable, why is it that sports punditry is so predictably cliche-ridden?"

Michael talks to commentators, athletes, and athletes-turned-commentators to see if the arrival of the Olympics on British soil is likely to herald a new era of hyperbole and inarticulate over-excitement.

Producer: John Byrne.

Michael Rosen explores the complex and difficult relationship between language and sport.

211A04Politeness2011041220110418

Michael Rosen takes a well-mannered look at politeness.

Is it true that "thank you", "goodbye" and other traditional expressions of courtesy are dying out? And why do we find it easier to be ruder in emails and online? Or is it that our notions of politeness are simply changing...?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Is it true that "thank you", "goodbye" and other traditional expressions of courtesy are dying out?

Cora Malinak is a trainer who helps people from other cultures to learn the unwritten rules of communicating politely in English.

Geraldine D'Amico discusses French ideas on politeness, and the rules about using "tu" and "vous".

Blogger Sarah Ditum talks us through the "online disinhibition effect".

Why is it that emails can seem ruder than other forms of communication?

And Michael talks to the eminent linguist and author Professor Deborah Tannen, who has spent many years studying the language of politeness, and believes that what seems like rudeness can in fact just be a different conversational style.

211A05Academic English2011041920110425

Is English too dominant in academic work around the world? Chris Ledgard visits universities in Sweden to ask staff and students how much they are able to debate, write and publish in their native language.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Chris Ledgard investigates academic English.

211A06Speakers' Corner2011042620110502

Chris Ledgard explores Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park.

He talks to the regulars who come to speak each week and learns how its history stretches back over a hundred years.

The Speakers' Corner Trust is helping to set up more Speakers' Corners around the UK to promote debate and freedom of expression.

In Tunisia, since the revolution last January, people have started to gather on the main street in Tunis to talk about politics and current affairs.

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

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We do it at college, at work, and even in pursuit of happiness.

But what are the rules of engagement for an interview? Michael Rosen finds out how to get into university; how to keep your job or get a better one, and how to impress the love of your life.

Getting a place at university is more competitive than ever.

So just how level is the university playing field? Does the process reward the most intelligent or the most articulate? And are the skills developed for the college interview ones that will come in handy later on....down the pub?

Producer: John Byrne.

Michael Rosen tackles the art of the interview; at college, at work and in pursuit of love

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Michael Rosen takes a look at the history and usefulness of the mysterious art of shorthand, with a look at its uses in Ancient Rome, Elizabethan England and the present day.

There's a trip to Bath to hear from Sir Isaac Pitman himself, recorded in 1891, and a visit to the University of Sheffield's Journalism department.

Producer Luke Hollands.

Michael Rosen looks at the mysterious art of shorthand.

211C01Foreign Language Learning2011071920110725

Students are no longer choosing to study modern foreign languages.

In the first of a new series of Word of Mouth, Chris Ledgard asks how much this matters.

In 2001, 78% of pupils in England did a language GCSE.

By last year that had fallen to just 43%.

Chris Ledgard talks to Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Education; Vivienne Hurley of the British Academy; Professor Andrew Hussey of the University of London Institute in Paris; John Rushforth, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UWE; Swansea University language student Catherine Rendle; Luke Young, President of the NUS in Wales and Glyn Hambrook, a former language lecturer, to find out the true picture and ask if it really matters.

Students are no longer choosing to study foreign languages.

What will be the impact?

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What's in a name? Chris Ledgard looks at where our surnames come from and what they mean to us. He meets two people with very unusual stories, then visits the team of researchers at UWE who are tracing the origins of 43,00 family names in the UK - many for the first time.

And Gregory Clark is using surnames to track the wealth and status of families over forty generations, with surprising results.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

What's in a name? Chris Ledgard looks at where our surnames come from and what they mean.

What's in a name? Chris Ledgard looks at where our surnames come from and what they mean to us.

He meets two people with very unusual stories, then visits the team of researchers at UWE who are tracing the origins of 43,00 family names in the UK - many for the first time.

What's in a name? Chris Ledgard looks at where our names come from and what they mean.

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Tired of living next to his noisy neighbours, Les Barker opted out of urban Manchester and moved to North Wales.

"Although I'd spent half a lifetime an hour's drive away, I'd never heard of Hedd Wyn.

Or any other major figure in Welsh history or literature, apart from Max Boyce and Dylan Thomas." So Les began to learn...and learn...and learn.

- "After toying briefly with 'Teach Yourself Welsh', I went on a four-day course in Denbigh; Craig Jones was the tutor.

Over the summer I did a couple of week-long courses in Denbigh, initially with another Mr Jones, but he went off sick and was replaced by a Mrs Jones.

Wales is full of them."

"Being a beginner is frustrating.

After a lifetime of being fluent, I suddenly had the vocabulary and grammar of a three-year-old." But Les persevered, and is now a serious performer on the Welsh poetry scene, and one of the organisers of this summer's Eisteddfod.

Chris Ledgard meets Les as he makes last minute preparations for the festival.

Producer John Byrne.

Chris Ledgard meets Les Barker, a Mancunian who's fallen in love with the Welsh language.

211C04Talking Newspapers For The Blind2011080920110815

In the programme exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them, Chris Ledgard examines the production of talking newspapers for the blind.

From cassette distribution to downloads, the daily newspaper can be as up-to-date for blind people as it is for their sighted neighbours.

But how do you "voice up" both the Daily Star and the Telegraph? And what does it take to be the "reader" on FHM or Private Eye?

Chris Ledgard discovers the art and science of producing talking newspapers for the blind.

211C05Voice Recognition2011081620110822

Chris Ledgard explores the world of voice recognition and finds out how the technology is changing the way we use language.

Belfast writer Malachi O'Doherty shows how he's had to train his voice recognition software to recognise his particular accent.

Forensic linguist Peter French talks about the qualities of different voices, and how they can be quantified.

Tyler Perrachione has found that people with dyslexia also find it difficult to recognise voices.

And Chris meets Steve Renals, whose group has been given a 6.2 million pound grant to work on improving synthetic voices and speech recognition.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Chris Ledgard explores the world of voice recognition.

Chris Ledgard looks into how new voice recognition technology is changing the way we use language.

Chris Ledgard explores new voice recognition technology.

211C06Counting Word Incidences2011082320110829

Chris Ledgard looks at what counting the incidences of words can tell us - from whether a writer has Alzheimer's, to who really wrote Macbeth and even how to read the mood of the country.

With the advent of computers it's possible to find patterns in texts, and to use that information for applications like web translation and anti-plagiarism software.

And David Quantick rounds things off with a more human analysis of the most frequently used words in pop music.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Chris Ledgard looks at the ways of counting incidences of words and what that can tell us.

211C07English As A Lingua Franca2011083020110905

Most conversations in English are among people who aren't native speakers of the language.

In universities around the world, vast voice banks are being compiled by researchers who are examining the use of English as a contact language in a globalized world.

They believe their work has implications for the way in which English is taught: for too long, they say, students have been given native speaker standards of correctness as their model.

But is there really such a thing as English as a Lingua Franca? Chris Ledgard investigates.

What kind of English is being used among non-native speakers?

211C08 LASTBeing Overheard2011090620110912

From Manchester Piccadilly station to a supermarket checkout via an Irish bar in New York, modern writers discuss how they are inspired by the overheard.

We're surrounded by other people's conversations, and many of us try to block them out.

But for Lavinia Greenlaw, David Calcutt and Craig Taylor, fragments of overheard talk have been a valuable source of material.

In New York, Marilyn Horowitz recalls how a conversation at a neighbouring pub table helped her get over a case of writer's block.

Chris Ledgard presents.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Four writers discuss how they are inspired by the words they overhear.

211D01Bonds And Bailouts2011122020111226

- the language of the financial markets. Michael Rosen returns for a new series on words and the way we use them.

The ups and downs of the banking world have moved from the financial news to the front pages. We are, we're told, witnessing momentous events with far-reaching consequences. But how well do we understand the language of global economic turmoil? Does financial jargon explain or obscure the picture? Michael Rosen talks to money makers, anti-capitalists and commentators.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

The language of the financial markets. Michael Rosen returns for a new series on words.

- the language of the financial markets.

Michael Rosen returns for a new series on words and the way we use them.

The ups and downs of the banking world have moved from the financial news to the front pages.

We are, we're told, witnessing momentous events with far-reaching consequences.

But how well do we understand the language of global economic turmoil? Does financial jargon explain or obscure the picture? Michael Rosen talks to money makers, anti-capitalists and commentators.

Michael Rosen returns for a new series on words.

211D02But I've Got A Degree!2011122720120102

Michael Rosen discusses the letters we put before and after our names. Are you a BA, MA, Dr or Dame - or "just a plain Mister"? And does it matter?

Michael Rosen examines letters we use before and after our names.

211D03Comparing The Way We Bring Up Children And Train Dogs2012010320120109

Do dog training techniques work just as well on children? Michael Rosen investigates, comparing the way we bring up our children and train our dogs. Taking part are Victoria Stilwell of TV's It's Me or the Dog, John Bradshaw, Jez Rose, Steven Rose and parents who have strong views on the subject..

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Michael Rosen compares the way we bring up children and train dogs.

211D04Stories From Other Cultures2012011020120116

Michael Rosen listens to traditional stories from other countries, including Uganda, Pakistan, Trinidad, Poland and India, told by people from those cultures who learned them from their parents and are now passing them on by word of mouth to the next generation. He finds out about the changes that happen when stories move across countries and languages with those who remember and tell them.

And he visits a junior school to find out how a pioneering translation project is encouraging bilingual children to share the stories they've inherited from their families and translate them into English.

Contributors include Monica Byanjeru Chalmers, Faustin Charles and Sita Brand.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

Michael Rosen hears the traditional stories that are being passed down the generations.

211D05Public Speaking, Show And Tell2012011720120123

Michael Rosen explores the new wave of public-speaking events including Ignite and TED, and asks if the culture of 'Show and Tell' in American classrooms produces better public speakers.

He visits the American Museum in Britain and speaks to their Head of Learning, Laura Brown about what's influenced the nation's approach to public speaking, and how a sense of optimism drives their passion to share ideas.

He also speaks to Chris Anderson about how he attracted such big names to speak at the TED events, and how it's grown into a global community of public speaking. Plus there's an interview with Amanda Timberg from TeachFirst about the way 'Show and Tell', 'Hot Seat' and TED talks all feed into their working practises.

Ignite has been described as a "gig for speakers" and event organiser Andy Kervell describes the challenges of both putting together a five minute talk backed by twenty slides, and then delivering it to a rowdy and excitable crowd. Some of the speakers including Sky at Night presenter Dr. Chris Lintott explain why they enjoy taking part in these events.

Producer: Toby Field.

Michael Rosen explores the new wave of public-speaking events including Ignite and TED.

211D06Teens And Tv2012012420120130

Michael Rosen explores the portrayal of teens on TV, and speaks to Phil Redmond, creator of Grange Hill about how approaches have changed over the years, and the battle Grange Hill faced to stay on the air.

He visits Albert Square and speaks to writer/cast-members of E20, Emer Kenny and Arinze Kene. Together with senior writer Jeff Povey they discuss how they developed the character of Fatboy to parody people who over-use slang, and Emer talks collecting words on buses.

What programme about young people and TV would be complete without mention of Skins? Writer Laura Hunter and cast talk about how they coined the phrase "Amazeballs."

We also hear from Paul Parry, the self-styled "literally tsar" about the way the use of the word has changed. Why is it, like, literally everywhere?

Producer: Toby Field.

Michael Rosen explores the portrayal of teens on TV, and speaks to Phil Redmond.

211DSPECIALMore The Words2012032020120326

Michael Rosen and guests celebrate nonsense at an event recorded at Radio 4's More The Words festival in Bristol. Michael's guests include the children's writer Philip Ardagh, the actor Paul Nicholson, and nonsense experts Anna Barton and James Williams. With help from an audience of adults and children at Bristol Central Library, Michael will be filling a cauldron with nonsense poems, prose, limericks and tongue twisters, with a few nonsense sounds thrown in to bring out the flavour. And the programme will mark the 200th anniversary of Edward Lear's birth with discussion of the writer's life and work.

Michael Rosen and guests celebrate nonsense at Radio 4's More Than Words Festival.