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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After all , through French they had become citizens of France , ' assimilé and
évolue ' . There is a paradox here ; they were , it seemed , content to declare their
négritude in standard metropolitan French , no Ngugi - like return to an
There was really no choice but to make use of one or other colonial language :
French , English or Portuguese . How unlike the early African anglophone writers
! When asked about his concern for négritude , Wole Soyinka , the Nobel laureate
She took a group ( N = 21 ) of non - native adult speakers of French who had ' so
thoroughly mastered French that it was no longer clearly possible to distinguish
them from native speakers by mistakes which they made , or by the restricted ...