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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What seems to define membership of a speech community is that members share
common attitudes towards appropriate language use ( Ryan et al . , 1982 ) and
agree on which language it is right to use for which purpose ( for norms of ...
I expect the native speaker to have internalised rules of use , the appropriate use
of language , to know when to use what and how to speak to others . I expect
control of strategies and of pragmatics , an automatic feeling for the connotations
One way to avoid using the global norms to which Lowenberg objects is to
investigate to what extent local norms are appropriate both locally and beyond
the local . Such an investigation is reported by Hill ( 1996 ) and Brown and