Franca


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Fran·ca

 (fräN′kä)
A city of southeast Brazil north of São Paulo. It is a shipping and manufacturing center in a farming region.
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At the mention of Monte Cristo Dantes started with joy; he rose to conceal his emotion, and took a turn around the smoky tavern, where all the languages of the known world were jumbled in a lingua franca. When he again joined the two persons who had been discussing the matter, it had been decided that they should touch at Monte Cristo and set out on the following night.
As they came up onto the stone plateau that crowns the hill, Amy waved her hand as if welcoming him to her favorite haunt, and said, pointing here and there, "Do you remember the Cathedral and the Corso, the fishermen dragging their nets in the bay, and the lovely road to Villa Franca, Schubert's Tower, just below, and best of all, that speck far out to sea which they say ils Corsica?"
``I asked you, my children,'' said the Prior, raising his voice, and using the lingua Franca, or mixed language, in which the Norman and Saxon races conversed with each other, ``if there be in this neighbourhood any good man, who, for the love of God, and devotion to Mother Church, will give two of her humblest servants, with their train, a night's hospitality and refreshment?''
There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Lingua Franca, but all to no purpose.
Every dialect from Labrador to Long Island, with Portuguese, Neapolitan, Lingua Franca, French, and Gaelic, with songs and shoutings and new oaths, rattled round him, and he seemed to be the butt of it all.
Yet Franca is described as a driven person, who needed the attention and notoriety of her work, but craved respectability through marriage and social stability.
"The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel" analyzes the development of English into the massively powerful and widely spoken around the world.
22 (ANI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday demanded action against MNS chief Raj Thackeray for trying to divide the country in the name of language and humiliating the lingua franca.
Egypt's Pyramids Industrial Parks and Spanish corporation Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona will work together to establish an industrial zone in the Tenth of Ramadan City, which is to be occupied by Spanish companies and other European enterprises.
Con una inversion de US$ 3 millones, el grupo espanol Organizacion Sanitas Internacional --en asociacion con la multinacional Signet Armorlite, con sede en California, levantara una planta de produccion de lentes en la Zona Franca de Bogota en junio.
Executive producers, Belisario Franca, Angela Pappiani, Jurandir Siridiwe Xavante, Luis Antonio Silveira.
Celia Franca (1921-2007) By the end of her life Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada, had become a beloved cultural icon, but those who'd worked with her can still recall the terror she struck in them.

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