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.
October 6th, 2012
Episode 34 of 50 episodes
The once secret gay language, Polari, has a motley history. Outed by a pair of camp characters — Julian, played by Hugh Paddick, and Sandy, played by Kenneth Williams — in the hugely-popular 1960s BBC radio series, Round the Horne, it fell out of favour for a time since then, but is now making something of a comeback.