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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.

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Interior worlds of landscape and language

September 12th, 2012

Episode 30 of 50 episodes

The novels and stories of the famously stop-at-home Australian writer Gerald Murnane are typically set in interiorised worlds of mind and memory. And though he has spent his life within a circumscribed area in the state of Victoria, Australia, his writing tells of an intimacy with the landscape of Hungary, without ever having been there or seen it. Then, after retirement, he taught himself the Hungarian language, just so that he could read the original language version of a particular book that had deeply impressed him when he had read its translation into English, many years ago.

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