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.
December 15th, 2012
Episode 44 of 50 episodes
The Sherpa people – famous for their assistance to climbers of Mount Everest – speak to their children using short, sharp commands, rather than the ‘motherese’ or child-directed baby talk that is so common among native speakers of European languages. Current research in this remote Himalayan community may debunk the notion that such baby talk is a universal component of child language acquisition.