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.


Indigenous song language

September 22nd, 2012

Episode 32 of 50 episodes

The Indigenous songs of Australia are regarded as the crown jewels of Aboriginal oral cultures, being a melding of different forms of language – some archaic and some ghostly – as well as of melody, rhythm and myriad other performative elements.