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.


Vanuatu sand drawing

November 17th, 2012

Episode 40 of 50 episodes

There seems no limit to the variety of ways that humans communicate; an example being the messages and stories traced by finger in the cooled ash of cooking fires, over the black soil of the volcanic islands of Vanuatu. An art form as well as a cultural treasure, the skill of ‘sandroing’ is currently being revived, though the great local knowledge that once informed them is lost to the past.

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