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.
June 30th, 2012
Episode 20 of 50 episodes
In every language there are proverbs – little gobs of compressed cultural knowledge – passed along, usually by word of mouth, over time. But the just-published Dictionary of Modern Proverbs shows that such pithy little sayings continue to be invented in order to convey contemporary wisdom, just as they ever were.