iLanguage

Inherent language is the language that naturally comes to your mind first, depending on the situation and the interlocutor. This language is part of yourself and independent of how and when you acquired it.

This term goes beyond concepts such as mother tongue, first language, second language, foreign language, etc. and helps especially polyglot individuals to recognize all their languages as part of themselves, without forcing them to prioritize or favor one or the other.

Characteristics

Speakers can maintain coherent and fluent communication, even with monolingual speakers of that language.

Speakers can “think” in this language, i.e. linguistic processes occur “without translation”.

Speakers can express themselves meaningfully and are able to distinguish between false and meaningless utterances. They understand, among other things, colloquial expressions and idioms with double meanings.

Speakers are able to converse on a variety of topics because they have sufficient vocabulary. If they do not know an expression, they have the symbols available to describe what they are referring to.

The way the language was acquired and the stage of life or context in which it was learned are irrelevant.

Speakers associate the language with various emotions and feelings, interpersonal relationships, stages of life, aspects of work or education that are final or temporary but are part of their lives and affect them simultaneously on a personal, professional, and/or educational level.

Inherent language is the language that naturally comes to your mind first, depending on the situation and the interlocutor. This language is part of yourself and independent of how and when you acquired it.

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