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.


Palindrome champion of the world

April 21st, 2012

Episode 10 of 50 episodes

Creating meaning out of words, while running them backwards—called palindromes—is one way of creating patterned order while playing with language. The first-ever World Palindrome Championship, held in New York last month, was won by Mark Saltveit.

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