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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Their behaviour is reflected in members ' views towards such language factors as
the speech community , the standard language and stereotypes of language use
. The Speech Community The speech community is most helpfully seen as a ...
... for what is appropriate to various domains , for the import of a range of speech
acts , in general for appropriate membership behaviour in him / herself and of
implicit – and very rapid - detection of others as being or not being members .
Membership It does seem clear that membership is a useful model for the native
speaker : membership of the same ' cultural group means an assumption of
behaviours from other members as well as a knowledge of how to behave
oneself in ...