Inherent Language - Native language 2.0

Definition

Inherent language is one or more languages spoken by an individual that are seen as part of their identity and come to mind first, depending on context and conversational partner.

This term goes beyond concepts such as mother tongue, native language, first language, second language, foreign language etc.  it helps especially polyglot individuals recognize all their languages as part of themselves.

 

Characteristics

The individuals are able to express themselves fluently and communicate with monolinguals.

The method of acquisition is irrelevant, as is the phase of life the language was acquired in.

Speakers can “think” in said language. This means they can express themselves without having to “translate” for themselves.

Speakers are able to hold conversations about various topics, and are able to substitute missing vocabulary in order to explain precisely what they mean.

Each language has its functionality in: interpersonal relationships, professional or academic life, phases of life etc.

Inherent language is a type of “acquired inheritance” that speakers feel “at home” in it. It is something they own and is part of them at the same time. It is inherent.