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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In the first sense , what is sometimes traditionally called the descriptive linguistic
sense , the aim of linguistics is to describe an individual ' s linguistic system : thus
this ( this grammar ) is my grammar , of Alan Davies , what I will call Grammar 1 ...
Thus modern linguistics in its pursuit of Grammar 3 becomes either philology or
psychology ( in its present manifestations as psycholinguistics , cognitive science
, artificial intelligence and so on ) . The difficulty with this type of investigation as ...
( Harris , 1988 : 92 ) This is the argument I put forward earlier about the different
understandings of the term grammar : that universal grammar , my Grammar 3 ,
has become increasingly the object of linguistic study , very much at an ...