Category: A Level Language

Social register

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

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Creating characters

Michael Rosen gathers a gaggle of writers 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 Arnolfini Centre in Bristol, as part of

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Words that wound

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.   Listen here.

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The online me

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

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Fry’s English Delight

Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language. 7 series of programmes covering topics such as:  plain English the lexicon the spelling system spoken language persuasive language language change language and gender Listen here.

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First words: how do children develop language?

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. Listen here.

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How is English going to change in the future?

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”… Listen here

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