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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Athough both remain available after puberty for cognitive operations , it appears
that adult second language learning typically ... Felix thinks no , that while both
are ' available ' , adults typically tend to approach language learning in a problem
And the fact that the adult may make use of the language - specific system in
addition to the problemsolving system makes ... Felix produces data to
demonstrate the differences between the types of utterances produced by adults
and children ...
For some yet to be discovered reason , talented adults , unlike children , appear
to require conscious attention to ... They recognise that adult learners are
typically less successful than younger learners but point out that it is important to