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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The question I want to address is in what sense we can speak of a speaker of
Singaporean or Indian English as being a native speaker of English ( Tay , 1982 ;
and see Chapter 1 ) . As will be clear there are really two distinct questions here ...
systematic differences in grammar ( Platt , 1977 ; Platt & Weber , 1980 ) and lexis
but it does indeed seem to be the case that there is no ( or little ) intelligibility
problem and that the difference between , say , Singaporean and British English
In one sense native speakerness is always partial , and I draw attention again to
the British English - Singaporean English distinction , on the one hand , and the
British English - Scottish English distinction , on the other . Scottish English ( not ...