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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Now if this view is not accepted , I am led to conclude either that all use is
idiosyncratic , which would at the end of the day make ... I submit , therefore , that
we must accept that variable language use is systematic in some sense . Even in
But they cannot accept in blind faith that a second language is categorically
different for learners from a first language . And if it is they want evidence .
Surveying the field , Hyltenstam and Abrahamsson ( 2000 ) occupy a halfway
Myth and Reality Alan Davies. 3 1 3 19 14 29 Eisenstein and Bodman ( 1986 :
173 ) Table 2 Summary of results of all students on individual questions Q . Q .
topic No Resp Not accept Prob . Accept Perf NotComp Resist 1 $ 5 . 00 5 9 39 7 .