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Transcript of lingua franca
This theory is one way of explaining the similarities between most of the European-based pidgins. These languages use forms similar to sabir for "to know" and piquenho for "children". A pidgin is a simplified version of one language that combines the vocabulary of a number of different languages. Pidgins are often just used between members of different cultures to communicate for things like trade. A pidgin is distinct from a lingua franca in that members of the same populations rarely use it to talk to one another. It is also important to note that because pidgins develop out of sporadic contact between people and is a simplification of different languages, pidgins generally have no native speakers. The term pidgin was developed out of contact between Europeans and people in the countries they visited from the 16th to the 19th Centuries. Today, lingua francas play an important role in global communication as well. The United Nations defines its official languages as Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. English today is probably the third largest language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Following the extensive influence of Great Britain and the United Kingdom from the 18th century, via the British Empire, and of the United States since the mid-20th century, English has been widely dispersed around the world, becoming the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions.