A Glossary
Lingua Franca


Map of Algiers

“The Heart of Lingua Franca Land”

“Spagnoli venir … boum boum … andar; Inglis venir … boum boum bezef … andar; Francés venir … tru tru tru … chapar.”
[The Spaniards came (1541), cannonaded, and left. The English came (1816), cannonaded heavily, and left. The French came (1830), blew their bugles, and captured it.]
-- A comment in Lingua Franca on the history of the City of Algiers (1852) cited by Schuchardt (1909)

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