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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But in most cases it probably is the mother and therefore it is the mother who
provides most of the spoken input for the child and with whom the child identifies
and wishes to exchange meanings . If language learning is indeed learning how
Commonsense suggests that for the migrant adults themselves it cannot be the
case , since we have defined them as being non - English speaking . But once in
the metropolitan country they will send their children to school . Now there may ...
Again when the English second language child grows up and then wishes to rear
his / her own children in their former ... for their own children , that simplifying
function , from which they themselves benefited in their original first language .