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.


Versions of Dickens

February 18th, 2012

Episode 1 of 50 episodes

In his own time, Charles Dickens became known for a certain style, a certain type of writing, described as 'Dickensy'. We call it Dickensian now, a word that is synonymous with the Victorian age that he so vividly described. But he wrote under many other names, such as 'Boz', 'Revolver', 'W', 'The Sparkler of Albion' and, even privately, as 'The Inimitable'.

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