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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Saussure ' s use of langue ( de Saussure , 1966 ) was an attempt to define not
the native speaker but what it is that is shared by a language community . In
putting forward his trinity of categories : • langage ( everything going on
linguistically in ...
Bartsch , Saussure never made his own position clear , wanting language
somehow to include both norms and system : Saussure seems to have made a
distinction betweem norm and system – as two aspects of the whole which he
( Crewe , 1977b : 100 ) To remind ourselves of the earlier discussion on
knowledge and control , let us consider the comment which Harris makes on
Saussure : Theoretically , for de Saussure , a difference of a single phoneme or a
single sign ...