I've been using GNU/Linux for over a year now. And there's this question to which I need an answer from you, Linux gurus:
What language(s) do config files like
.xinitrc, etc. use?
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There's no global standard. They can be (and are) all different syntaxes.
#!line at the beginning of the file, so it could just as well by say, Python, bash, zsh, tcl, perl, …
Essentially, there is no standard, and you always need to read the documentation.