a lingua franca

lingua franca

Any language used to bridge the gap between people who do not speak the same language. English is the lingua franca in many foreign tourist destinations.
See also: Franca, lingua

a ˌlingua ˈfranca

(from Italian) a shared language that is used for communication by people whose main languages are different: In the middle of the 20th century, English became the lingua franca of the world.The majority of our group being South American, we used Spanish as a lingua franca.
See also: Franca, lingua
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At the mention of Monte Cristo Dantes started with joy; he rose to conceal his emotion, and took a turn around the smoky tavern, where all the languages of the known world were jumbled in a lingua franca.
Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca Robin Walker Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010, 223 pages
Due to the global momentum of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), Anglophones may perceive that there is less urgency for them to learn other languages than for speakers of other languages to learn English.
Dessa forma, investigacoes baseadas em corpus de aprendizes sobre a lingua franca poderao preencher uma lacuna nos estudos empiricos sobre o desenvolvimento de uma linguagem mais versatil--que nao seja nativa--e que possa contribuir para crescentes discussoes sobre metalinguistica da lingua inglesa como lingua global.
The development of language training in Finland reflects the rise of the English language as a lingua franca (ELF), a common language.
Instead, these radicals or rebels, as they like to call themselves, propose a different explanation according to which (if I have understood it correctly) the Uralic languages originate in a lingua franca, i.
Because the book covers writers from all round the English-speaking world, entries are written by scholars from all countries in which English is the first language or a lingua franca.
On the two flanking screens, the dialogue, which takes place in the slightly unidiomatic English of Europeans using it as a lingua franca, often sounds less like conversation than a sequence of monologues.
His story begins with the creation of a national language, emerging out of a lingua franca that belongs to no-one as a first language, promoted in one form by Dutch colonialists and in another by traders or journalists and rally speakers.
He explores the problem with current supply chain metrics, shows how to close the gap between financial decisions and supply chain performance, suggests a model to provide a lingua franca for supply chain, financial and other managers throughout the company and points to ways in which new technology can help measure the value of the supply chain.
They contend that using the multilevel features of mainstream statistics software facilitates creating a lingua franca for the field, and demonstrate with version 21 of the proprietary SPSS package.
English is spoken by most educated Ugandans, but the country has 33 native languages, with Luganda the closest to being a lingua franca.
XML was intended to be a lingua franca, making different computing systems interoperate seamlessly and intelligently.
of Modena, Italy), but little attention has been paid to written English as a lingua franca (ELF).