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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Without these data it becomes philosophy or psychology . The Two Cognitive ...
Felix helpfully poses the right question : why is it that after puberty a second
language learner cannot become a native speaker ? And Felix means cannot .
After all , through French they had become citizens of France , ' assimilé and
évolue ' . There is a paradox here ; they were , it seemed , content to declare their
négritude in standard metropolitan French , no Ngugi - like return to an
In this way the question ' Can a second language learner become a native
speaker of a target language ? ... But I have already answered that question in
my previous criteria ( 2 ) - ( 6 ) , and so the question again becomes a contingent