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.
She covers language regulation, previous research on English as a lingua franca and language regulation, exploring an academic English-as-a-lingua-franca setting in Finland: the research site and methodology, language-regulation practices, interview accounts: perceptions of English and its regulation, and comparisons: the construction of living norms.
English as a lingua franca (ELF) is a necessary trend.
Pedagogic criticality and English as a lingua franca
2) English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings (ELFA), corpus creado entre los anos 2001-2007 y terminado en 2008.
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.
Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca Robin Walker Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010, 223 pages
Today, every continent has a substantial group of English speakers, and English has gained increasing importance as a lingua franca, a language used among people who do not share the same mother tongue.
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.