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Lingua Franca - Program podcast

Lingua Franca - Program Podcast

Lingua Franca, presented by Maria Zijlstra, looks at all aspects of language language old, modern, and even invented. Through interviews ...
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Hunting for words

11/03/12
The first in a trilogy of books for kids, Word Hunters, is a thriller featuring the girl/boy twins Al and Lexi Hunter along with their pet ...

Everybody's story

10/27/12
Not just the domain of linguists and other kinds of wordnerds, when it comes to language, everybodys got a story to tell including Tiger ...

Native tongue title

10/20/12
The vast majority of Australias Indigenous languages some 250 are estimated to have existed at the time British colonisation are no ...

Names for where we're from

10/13/12
People can be named according to where they're from and so might be Sydneysiders, Melburnians, Canberrans or Darwinites. But what are you ...

Speaking gay

10/06/12
The once secret gay language, Polari, has a motley history. Outed by a pair of camp characters Julian, played by Hugh Paddick, and Sandy, ...

Back to the beginning, naturally

09/29/12
Described as a mystical idiom said to be found universally in nature, the secret society of Rosicrucians elaborated an old idea of a primal ...

Indigenous song language

09/22/12
The Indigenous songs of Australia are regarded as the crown jewels of Aboriginal oral cultures, being a melding of different forms of ...

How writing began

09/15/12
Writing would have to be one of the greatest legacies of ancient Mesopotamia, where the earliest-known system of writing was invented some ...

Interior worlds of landscape and language

09/12/12
The novels and stories of the famously stop-at-home Australian writer Gerald Murnane are typically set in interiorised worlds of mind and ...

Never too late to learn to read

09/01/12
The winning finalistson the state and territory level in Australiaof the 'It's never too late to learn to read' short-story competition, ...

'Fully (sic)' = totally awesome!

08/25/12
Fully sic is Crikeys language blog, set up by Piers Kelly as a forum for discerning word nerds. With a focus on language issues in the ...

Lingua Franca: The notebooks of William Dawes

08/18/12
William Dawes's two notebooks on the language of the Aboriginal people with whom he conversed during his stay in Sydney in 1788, provide ...