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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But Knowledge 4 is really about level of skill and the point we must make is that
this is a quite separate attribute from Knowledges 1 – 3 : Knowledges 1 – 3 are
required for chess players . Knowledge 4 is not required in the same way .
In the reverse case we know that Knowledge 4 is possible with no explicit
Knowledges 1 – 3 . Of course we assume that Knowledges 1 – 3 must implicitly
underlie Knowledge 4 , that is that no - one can play chess or tennis or any other
Skills knowledge Knowledge 4 , which I will name skills knowledge , is about the
level of skill the player ( in a game ) and the speaker or user in language bring to
the event . I shall use the common distinctions whereby Knowledges 1 – 3 are ...