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This is how at least Russian works (L1 being your first foreign language)
but in Canada (in my experience), your first language is a synonym for
your mother tongue, and your second language would be your first
non-mother tongue language.

-muskwatch

> Forgive me for fulfilling the conlang stereotype of pedantry, but I had
> always believed that first language meant "the foreign language one is
> most proficient in" and that native languages are termed "tongues", where
> T1 is the language you use most regularly. Hence an Iranian-British person
> would have:
>
> T1: Persian
> T2: English
>
> With L1 and L2 being whatever they learnt at school
>
> Sam (deliberately to spite Padraic)
>
> p.s. words rule, numbers drool
>
> On 5 Sep 2011, at 22:39, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> We're all about WORDS. A reply with just NUMBERS would be contrary to
>> our nature. We must find some justification for including WORDS in the
>> response, hence the list of languages and other assorted constructs
>> made of WORDS.
>>
>> --gary
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM, Padraic Brown <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>> One thing I think is clear from this exercise -- there is no such thing
>>> as a "quick" or "simple" survey among conlangers.---
>>> Far more interesting to me than the pure number of languages studied is
>>> the case study in survey response behavior among our group!
>>>
>>> Padraic
>