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Lingua Franca
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1. Lingua franca: Functions and structures

The term ‘lingua franca’ (or vehicular language) designates any language used as a means of interethnic communication in a multilingual setting. It usually refers to the spoken levels rather than to written levels, although an oral form of a lingua franca can become a written and standardized language. Lingua francas have been known since early Antiquity (for instance, Akkadia…

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Catherine Miller, “Lingua Franca”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0195>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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