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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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Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 1 (1): 141-70.
In Current Perspectives on Pedagogy for English as a Lingua Franca, edited by Yasemin Bayyurt and Sumru Akcan, 121-34.
English as a Lingua Franca between Correctness and Effectiveness: Shifting Constellations.
Review of Developments in Research into English as a Lingua Franca.
Closing a Conceptual Gap: The Case for a Description of English as a Lingua Franca.
Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca.
Unfortunately, African states have remained content with the use of colonial languages but unconcerned about the question of an African lingua franca.
And certainly, a continental lingua franca is not a quest that can be achieved overnight, however, if the AU can assume a leading role by laying out a long term plan towards the adoption and consolidation of Kiswahili as the continental lingua franca, slowly but surely, one day sooner or later, will be achievable.
It has also highlighted the challenges that confront its consolidation in Ghana and beyond and has argued that the future adoption and promotion of Kiswahili as a continental lingua franca has positive implications for the ultimate achievement of African unity.
Louhiala-Salminen, Leena and Mirjaliisa Charles, "English as the Lingua Franca of International Business Communication: Whose English?
Planken, Brigitte, "Managing rapport in lingua franca sales negotiations: A comparison of professional and aspiring negotiators.
Seidlhofer, Barbara, "Closing a conceptual gap: the case for a description of English as a lingua franca.
Seidlhofer, Barbara, "English as a Lingua Franca," ELT Journal 59 (4), 2005, 339-341.
Internal Email Communication in Lingua Franca English in a multinational company.
Ahvenainen, Tarmo, Problem-solving Mechanisms in Information Exchange Dialogues with English as a Lingua Franca.