Lingua Franca - Program podcast

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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.


Movable type

December 1st, 2012

Episode 42 of 50 episodes

Our easy facility with text-based modes of communicating globally began long before the digital revolution—in fact some 600 years ago—with the invention of the movable-type printing press. Contrived in Renaissance Europe by Johannes Gutenberg—a goldsmith who understood metals as well as an entrepreneurial Christian who saw a market for the Bible—he enabled the mass production of text for the broad public.

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