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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... intelligible ( for example Hindi - Urdu , Norwegian - Danish ) and which could
therefore be called dialects of one another but are in practice called languages
for political and national reasons . On sociolinguistic grounds therefore dialects
For example the early loss of a human embryo by the mother is commonly called
miscarriage when it happens ' naturally ' so that women will refer to the
miscarriage ( s ) they may have experienced . The term abortion in the common
speech is ...
Or to put it more formally , what linguistic system can be attributed to those
entities which are called languages , dialects , accents or varieties , which occupy
the middle ground between what all humans share ( Grammar 3 ) and what each