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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Medgyes ( 1999 ) provides an excellent summary of this type of view , as do
several of the contributors to Braine ( 1999 ) such as Connor , Kramsch and Lam ,
and Li and Medgyes again . They argue that being a non - native - speaker
The revisionist foreigner Observing the sense of deprivation of which Medgyes
writes , Barbara Seidlhofer ( 2000 ) takes the bold step of recommending the
abandonment of the traditional native - speaker model , echoing Kramsch ( 1993
: 49 ) ...
This is the conclusion that Medgyes ( 1994 ) comes to , quoting Davies : '
membership , as I see it , is largely a matter of self ascription , not of something
being given . . . [ but ] those who claim native speaker status . . . do have
responsibilities in ...