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WORD 4 WORD
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The programme that investigates language
Word 4 Word was a new programme about language - local language. It was part of the BBC's Voices season which ran through 2005.
Find out more about the BBC's Voices season

You can also explore language further on the Open University Word4Word site where you can find out how to run your own linguistic survey, and order a free booklet to accompany the series.
The Series
The series has now ended but you can still listen to the series online.
Chav itemsSocial distinctiveness in each region: they're trobos and trevs, neds, spides and scallies, pikeys, chavs, wannabes and townies.
Go to programme one.
Map of Rathlin islandExamines traditions of regional language which show few or no signs of significant standardisation in order to demonstrate the power of the closed community on language.
Go to programme two.
Map of Thames estuary.We look at  how widespread the Estuarial phenomenon has become - using recordings from as far afield as Cornwall and Manchester, rural Lancashire, Cambridge and Newcastle.
Go to programme three
An example of the hated 'Welsh Not'The pressures on dialect/vernacular English from social improvement. Do you know about the hated 'Welsh Not'?
Go to programme four
Image of Viking warriorThe way that regional and national forms of language are the products of powerful and very diverse forces, including the influence of the Vikings
Go to programme five
Image David Jason as 'Del Boy' from 'Only Fools and Horses'The vexed question of uniformity and the ways in which how we use the vernacular influenced  by the broadcast and electronic media.
Go to programme six
Simon Elmes pictureSimon Elmes, the executive producer of Word 4 Word, talks about the series and the VOICES project. 
Read Simon's article
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MICHAEL ROSEN'S POEM
Michael RosenBestselling children's writer and poet Michael Rosen has written a specially commissioned verse about the myriad forms our current vernacular takes. Follow this link to read the poem.
THE PRESENTER
Dermot MurnaghanDermot Murnaghan has spent most of his career in broadcast journalism. Before joining the BBC, he spent more than a decade fronting ITV's national news bulletins from London. He joined the BBC in the Autumn of 2002, becoming Breakfast's main presenter immediately
Read Dermot's article on Word 4 Word

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