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.
August 11th, 2012
Episode 26 of 50 episodes
English is not a single language anymore but a packet of inter-related tongues, according to the Sri Lankan-born past president of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Suresh Canagarajah, who recommends giving up notions of having standardised norms of grammar and vocabulary, in favour of practices that take real account of the communication needs of all the people with their vast range of multilingual backgrounds now using English in the global context.