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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  • Are you really Somali? Using language to determine country of origin

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    28 mins

    26 days remaining

    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.

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  • Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen talk about writing and language

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    29 mins

    19 days remaining

    Philip Pullman & Michael Rosen talk about writing, language and imagination. With examples from their own work and discussion of their influences - and who it is they think they're writing for.

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  • How Is English Going to Change in the future?

    Tue, 6 Jan 15

    28 mins

    12 days remaining

    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"...

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  • Why do we laugh?

    Tue, 30 Dec 14

    28 mins

    5 days remaining

    Michael Rosen finds out why we laugh and why we cry, with neuroscientists Sophie Scott and Sinead Chen, and Laura Wright. Does it matter if laughter and crying are real or false, in terms of their effect on us?

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