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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The question is whether it is possible to become a native speaker after a certain
age ( Harley , 1986 ) . Now in terms of child first - language acquisition it does
seem to be the case that acquisition is age related . Towards the age of three
In other words , Long is challenging the view that all that is necessary for
acquisition to take place is comprehensible input ; he is also accepting the view
that Foreigner Talk ( Ferguson , 1971 ) plays as important a part in second -
Bialystok , E . ( 1997 ) The structure of age : In search of barriers to second
language acquisition . Second Language Research 13 , 116 – 37 . Bialystok , E .
( 1998 ) Coming of age in applied linguistics . Language Learning 48 ( 4 ) , 497 -