Lingua Franca, presented by Maria Zijlstra, looks at all aspects of language: language old, modern, and even invented. Through interviews and prepared talks, the program features experts who analyse a single topic of interest to users and lovers of language. Examples of the sort of linguistic territory they traverse are: bi-lingual education, ebonics, the language of pornography, and the political use of words. Lingua Franca is published every Saturday.
May 12th, 2012
Episode 13 of 50 episodes
Since the mid-19th century archeological excavations in Mesopotamia—the land that lies between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in what is now Iraq—and the decipherment of cuneiform, it has become apparent that many aspects of Western culture are based on the achievements and knowledge gained there, in ancient times.