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LINK LANGUAGE. A semi-technical term for a language that allows communication between groups with no other common language: for example, HINDI in India, SWAHILI in East Africa. It may or may not be seen as neutral in relation to other languages used in a particular place. English serves as a link language in most of Africa and Asia: ‘English is needed as a link language between the Indian states, and between the union government and the states’ ( Nayantara Sahgal, South, Aug. 1985). Compare LINGUA FRANCA.