Lingua franca: 'a language adopted as a common language by...

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A language adopted as a common language by speakers whose mother tongue or native languages are different.

Lingua franca 

Lingua franca refers to 'a language adopted as a common language by speakers whose mother tongue or native languages are different.' This enables the people to have a common medium of communication for various purposes, such as trading.

Examples include Swahili in East Africa, Hausa in West Africa and Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea.

The term historically referred to 'a language that was a mixture of Italian, French, Greek, Spanish and Arabic, used for trading and military purposes.'





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