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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Once again the issue for our consideration is to what extent such cultural
knowledge can be acquired late ; and to what extent getting it right , that is using
the appropriate forms , only comes to those who acquire the language as their '
... that is dissociate themselves from the immediate and think about it . The
Second Approach : First Acquired language The second approach states that we
are all native speakers of the language we first acquired , that is our mother
... his / her ability and his / her knowledge of the grammar of the language s / he is
acquiring or has already acquired . ... as whether it makes sense to speak of has
acquired ( as a product ) or is language always in the process of being learnt ?