non-native speaker

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non-native +‎ speaker or non- +‎ native speaker

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non-native speaker (plural non-native speakers)

  1. (linguistics) Someone who has another native tongue than the language being used.
    Synonym: allophone
    Antonym: native speaker
    • 2019, Irina S. Lebedeva, Svetlana N. Orlova, “Semantics and pragmatics of the double modal ‘might could’”, in Training, Language and Culture, volume 3, number 2, →DOI:
      Although double modality is outside the scope of Standard English and is not addressed in the school syllabus, it is a widespread phenomenon which non-native speakers of English might find confusing and should at least be aware of.

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