lingua franca

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lingua franca a common language used by speakers of different languages "Koine is a dialect of ancient Greek that was the lingua franca of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean area in Roman times"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lingua Franca Any hybrid or other language used over a wide area as a common or commercial tongue among peoples of different speech.
    • Lingua Franca The commercial language of the Levant, -- a mixture of the languages of the people of the region and of foreign traders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lingua franca ling′gwa frank′a, a mixed jargon used by Frenchmen and other Western people in intercourse with Arabs, Moors, and other Eastern peoples: an international dialect.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., prop., language of the Franks

Usage

In literature:

The scroll was in French, although their intercourse had hitherto been conducted by Richard in the lingua franca.
"The Talisman" by Sir Walter Scott
His lingua franca was clean and accentless.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
We conversed in a kind of LINGUA FRANCA.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
One of the men could speak a little Lingua Franca, and the prisoners were interrogated as to the vessels to windward.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Frederick Marryat
I met an old woman with a heap of grass on her back; I pointed to the river, and said (in Lingua Franca) that I wished to cross.
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
LINGUA FRANCA, a jargon composed of a mixture of languages used in trade intercourse.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
In Janet's house she only heard a sort of 'lingua franca' of Greek, Italian, Nubian and English.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
One of the men could speak a little Lingua Franca, and the prisoners were interrogated as to the vessels to windward.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Going humbly towards this Arab, the negro asked him in Lingua Franca if there was anything unusual going on in the town?
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
We wear the clothes, speak the local language or lingua franca.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
If any language was to become the lingua franca of all Africa, French would be more suitable.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The Talkee-Talkee is a Lingua Franca based on the English, and spoken by the Negroes of Surinam.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
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In news:

Lingua Franca's Winning Limerick, a Labor of Love .
Words may be the currency of the 1990s in the same way money was the lingua franca of the 1980s.
Help Me Understand My Copy Editor : a Lingua Franca Dialogue, Part II.
PowerPoint (or "presentation software") has become the lingua franca of American business.
English today is the globe's lingua franca, but that doesn't mean we all speak it the same way.
Lingua Franca's Winning Limerick, a Labor of Love.
MTConnect is Fast Becoming Factory Floor Lingua Franca.
Lingua Franca's Winning Limerick, a Labor of Love.
About 30 editorial freelancers who contributed to the now defunct Lingua Franca and University Business magazines are being sued in US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
Who killed literary magazine Lingua Franca.
The death of Lingua Franca, the great magazine about intellectual and literary life in the academy, was not only sad news for the magazine's followers and admirers -- it was a shock.
Decoding the Lingua Franca of the Wine Industry.
MTConnect is Fast Becoming Factory Floor Lingua Franca .
Who killed literary magazine Lingua Franca .
The death of Lingua Franca, the great magazine about intellectual and literary life in the academy, was not only sad news for the magazine's followers and admirers -- it was a shock.
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In science:

However, we established a series of requirements: all material should be written in LATEX (which is the lingua franca of mathematics) and printed using a given template.
WebTeach in practice: the entrance test to the Engineering faculty in Florence
Almost as soon as the article appeared in print Sokal himself revealed the hoax in a further article published in Lingua Franca and, from that moment on, buoyed by the effect the Internet, his fame was made.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
Fig.11 shows that appreciable migration can drastically speed up the growth of the lingua franca from having an initial advantage of being spoken by ten percent of the population to being dominant.
Birth, survival and death of languages by Monte Carlo simulation
XML is a data format which has become the lingua franca for information exchange on the World Wide Web.
Logics for Unranked Trees: An Overview
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