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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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New proverbs

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.

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