The Native Speaker: Myth and Reality
Linguists, applied linguists and language teachers all appeal to the native speaker as an important reference point. But what exactly (who exactly?) is the native speaker? This book examines the native speaker from different points of view, arguing that the native speaker is both myth and reality.
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Bartsch , Saussure never made his own position clear , wanting language
somehow to include both norms and system : Saussure seems to have made a
distinction betweem norm and system – as two aspects of the whole which he
Coppieters represents the strong psychological position , according to which the
native speaker is defined by early acquired knowledge . Bartsch ( 1988 ) takes a
more sociological view , allowing for the importance of attitude and identity .
And it is important to remember that for Bartsch ( and for us ) correctness is not
restricted to a few shibboleths ( such as in English : it ' s I / me ; who / whom ; will /
shall ) however frequently they may occur in teaching programmes , in primers ...