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Language Evolution: A Gene for Language

Synopsis
Podcast. Word of Mouth is a BBC Radio 4 series about the English language and the way we use it presented by Michael Rosen. In this edition neuroscientist Dr Frederique Liegeois joins Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright to discuss the genetic basis of language. How do humans learn to speak and use language in extraordinarily sophisticated ways, without any conscious effort, while other animals do not? Recent research suggests that the answer lies, in part, in our genes. And three generations of a British family held the key to discovering which gene. [28 minutes].
Series
Word of Mouth
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2015
Year of production
2015
Notes
First broadcast 28 October 2015.
Subjects
Languages; Linguistics
Keywords
genetics; language development; gender differences

Online availability

URI
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kcbw4
Price
Free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Producer
Mary Ward-Lowery
Contributor
Frederique Liegeois; Laura Wright; Michael Rosen

Production Company

Name

BBC Bristol

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