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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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The cultural backdrop of English

March 3rd, 2012

Episode 3 of 50 episodes

Once upon a time, English was intimately connected with Englishness and when non-English speakers learned the language, they did so with cultural reference to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, rose gardens and cups of tea. Now that most of the people in the world who use English have it as their second language, its cultural context has changed. This should be reflected in how English is taught, according to Professor Sandra McKay.

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