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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That is , if not Konkani , which Christians in Goa may use , then certainly not
another Indian language ( for example Marathi , Hindi , Gujerati ) which would
indicate some kind of nonChristian allegiance . This parallels our other informant
... Standard Language for them to be attached to ( such as Konkani ) . All idiolects
, however , belong to a ( standard ) language which may or may not be part of a
Standard Language . Identity then is crucial to the sense of native speakerness .
... Kinkel and Tucker 176 Klein 48 Knowledges 91 Konkani 131 , 141 Korea 135
Kramsch 13 , 98 , 163 , 164 , 159 Ideal native speaker 41 Idealised speaker 21
Identity 8 , 14 , 15 , 155 Idiolect 26 International English Language Testing