Lingua Franca - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Arts, Literature

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.


How writing began

September 15th, 2012

Episode 31 of 50 episodes

Writing would have to be one of the greatest legacies of ancient Mesopotamia, where the earliest-known system of writing was invented some 5000 years ago. First formed out of, then written in the abundant alluvia of the river valleys, hear how archaeologists figured out just what brought this communication system into being.

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