Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen shares his love of words and looks at our lives past and present through the prism of language.

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  • Ebola: How should we talk about it?

    Tue, 23 Dec 14

    28 mins

    25 days remaining

    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 asks linguists Louise Sylvester and Laura Wright about the words we've used though history to describe ill health and epidemics, and what they tell us about changing attitudes to disease.

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  • First Words: How do children develop language?

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    28 mins

    18 days remaining

    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.

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