• It would be whatever language the child learns first, that is spoken in the home on a regular basis. It could even be neither of the 2 languages that are the mother tongues of the parents. If the mother speaks French and the father speaks Italian, but the family is living in Germany and functioning in German, the child's mother tongue will be German. It is not inherited like genes.
  • 1) The child could eventually have both mother tongues: "Sometimes the term mother tongue or mother language is used for the language that a person learnt at home (usually from his parents). Children growing up in bilingual homes can according to this definition have more than one mother tongue." Source and further information: 2) "Children acquiring two first languages since birth are called simultaneous bilinguals. Even in the case of simultaneous bilinguals one language usually dominates over the other. This kind of bilingualism is most likely to occur when a child is raised by bilingual parents in a predominantly monolingual environment. It can also occur when the parents are monolingual but have raised their child or children in two different countries." Source and further information:
  • Judging from what's around me in Texas, it's Spanish, regardless of whatever else anybody says.

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