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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[ he ] assumes that applying the method of classification by the two kinds of
relationship will result in one language ... The question can be put another way :
does competence need to assume langue in order to consider meaningfully what
it is ...
It also assumes different languages as given , because its main focus of interest
is in what all individuals possess , both the assumed general language faculty
and the idiolect . Within this view different languages are not important ; but what
We assume that being a native speaker means being ... We do not expect more :
when I add education to the native speaker then of course expectations rise and
as well as literacy we now assume a greater range of styles and of fluency .