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    Question Linguafranca

    -Can be English a Lingua franca for The US, England, Australia, Canada and the other English-speaking countries? If not, What is linguafranca?

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Generally, it is a third language used to bridge between a first and second group. By extension, it's a koine for use throughout a region or regions, like Greek in Alexander's empire, or English in the EU and ASEAN.

    We are using our native language speaking to one another, so we wouln't use the term lingua franca for that.

    A German doctor speaking to Italian doctors in English -- that would be using it as a lingua franca.

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    -Can be English a Lingua franca for The US, England, Australia, Canada and the other English-speaking countries? If not, What is linguafranca?
    If you're going to learn linguistics, you should find a good dictionary of linguistics.
    Here's a glossary (It's more grammar than linguistics though).
    Glossary of linguistic terms

    Also, Wikipedia is very very useful for linguistics. You will often just have to read the first paragraph to get a definition, and some idea of how the term is used.
    Lingua franca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Here's a good place to start
    Linguistics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Thank you for your help Konungusrvia and Raymott.

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Hi everybody;
    What's difference between lingua franca and international language?

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    English has become an international language, like Arabic, because there are so many nations that use it. A lingua fraca is used as a third-language between two other groups. English is both at the same time.

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Tok Pisin (Pidgin English) is used to unite people of various tribes in New Guinea, which has around 700 languages. But Tok Pisin is only used in Papua New Guinea, so it's lingua franca, but not an international language.

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    You mean that we can say that as "different nations" have a common language, so this language become "international"?
    And, since "different tribes" have a common language, so this language could be "lingua franca"?

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    Smile Re: Linguafranca

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    You mean that we can say that as "different nations" have a common language, so this language become "international"?
    And, since "different tribes" have a common language, so this language could be "lingua franca"?
    Hi there,
    I don't think that it's the matter of different tribes or nations,.
    A language could be lingua franca but not necessarily international .lingua franca is used for communication between different groups of people .E.g: using Farsi in a conference .this language (Farsi) is called lingua franca or auxiliary language .but as you know Farsi is not an international language!
    Because English is an international language, they prefer to use it as lingua franca rather than other languages.
    All the best,

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    Default Re: Linguafranca

    Hello,
    Thanks for your help.
    Are you at Shiraz university?
    Anyway,
    Glad to meet you.

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