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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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de Franca presided over $5 billion worth of sales within the company's luxury and super-luxury condominium portfolio, with properties located in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
What can I say, I was totally surprised," said Slomka after meeting Franca, full name Welington Wildy Muniz dos Santos.
Fortunately, once Franca arrives in Canada in 1950, the story really gets going.
Referring to the incident in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly where SP legislator Abu Azmi was manhandled for taking oath in Hindi, Singhal said humiliating the lingua franca is an open treason and its violators should be punished.
The partnership we are celebrating today by and between PI Parks and El Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, a leading Spanish company whose history goes back to 1916, is aligned to Egypt's national strategic plan for industrial development and will target diverse and major sectors such as construction engineering, food processing, building material, chemicals, medical equipment and textiles," he said.
The book of edited essays by Donna Gabaccia and Franca Iacovetta, accurately entitled Women, Gender and Transnational Lives; Italian Workers of the World, is an important contribution to the recent literature on Italian mass migration, and especially on the role of women in it.
Franca leads a team specialising in banking litigation and has particular expertise in handling contested mortgage repossession cases and asset finance recovery.
The basic assumption seems to be that this lingua franca was used as a means of communication by different groups of people speaking different languages and that these languages mixed or at least converged with each other to form simplified and modified lingua francas which were later to become dominant languages through processes of language shift.
In Rasoi Franca Angelini, ordinario di letteratura teatrale italiana alla "Sapienza", ha raccolto una serie di saggi sui protagonisti delle scene teatrali napoletane del ventesimo secolo: autori, attori, attrici, registi.
Three hours and a lot more wine later I could hardly see when Franca appeared with an apron.
And his wife Franca has become used to dealing with a stream of taxi drivers seeking their fares and loans they made to enable Dario to buy a meal.
The article describes the origins of HTML, the Hypertext Markup Language, currently the lingua franca of the Web that originated with SGML, the Standard Generalized Markup Language.
While recognizing the contributions of such familiar names as Anselm Kiefer, Haim Steinbach, Jannis Kounellis, John Baldessari, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Paladino, Nina Longobardi, Sal LeWitt, Urs Liithi, and Vettar Pisani, the exhibition also honors the undertakings of Betty Bee, Franca Scognamiglia, Mariangela Levita, Marisa Albanese, Paolo Berardinelli, Perino & Vele, Raffaelia Mariniello, the team of Quartapittura, and others.
Based on the rapidly emerging XML standard, the lingua franca of e-commerce, and written in Java, the Netfish XDI System goes far beyond existing e-commerce solutions by quickly integrating with existing back-office ERP systems and making it easy to automate and manage workflows for complex B2B transactions between trading partners with different applications, formats and systems.
David, 23, and his girlfriend Franca Collins are a striking couple.