language a person was raised speaking from birth
A first language (also mother language, mother tongue, native language, arterial language, or L1) often means the language that a person learns first. It helps one understand words and concepts in the style of that language.
Sometimes, but not often, first language means the language that a person speaks best (the second language is then spoken less well than the first language, etc.). In that sense, a person could have more than one first or second language.
The first languages of national majority usually are to be recognized as national language of the nation.
- ↑ Bloomfield, Leonard (1994). Language. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 978-81-208-1196-6.
- ↑ Davies, Alan (2003). The Native Speaker: Myth and Reality. Multilingual Matters. ISBN 978-1-85359-622-3.