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.
November 24th, 2012
Episode 41 of 50 episodes
Our contemporary lives are full of script, with much of it spelled out as digital ephemera, read once before being discarded. By contrast though, someone is carving text into wood – for international exhibition – in order to draw attention to how about a third of the world’s alphabets are currently in danger of extinction.