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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Such an approach is probably a pseudoprocedure , that is a proposal never
realisable in practice ; it is also formidably non - theoretical since it provides no
explanation of what human beings do or have since it is quite ungeneralisable .
The Third Approach : Unitary Competence The third approach moves on from this
competence - in - one - language definition to the idea of competence in - more -
than - one - language . This is a very real and live issue since it affects the view ...
So strong indeed that we could use scholars ' position on this issue to label them
as taking a ' psycho ' or a ' socio ' approach to language learning and the native
speaker . Those who favour a psycho approach argue vehemently for an ...