What is a language of wider communication?

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A language of wider communication is the language people commonly use to communicate across language and cultural boundaries.

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Here are some examples of an LWC:

  • National or official languages

    • Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia
    • Mandarin in China
  • International languages

    • French, Spanish, English, and Arabic
  • Trade languages

    • Hiri Motu in Papua New Guinea
    • Munukutuba and Lingala in Central Africa

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