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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And that claim must be respected : that they know and the other sex does not . Of
course there is inevitably an air of secrecy about it , a touch of linguistic relativity
such that it is necessarily unfalsifiable . If a woman says that is what women say ...
But it is debatable if this is what Singaporean English speakers would wish to
claim for themselves . They may very well prefer to claim that their first language
or their dominant language is Singaporean English of which therefore they would
The tradition explanation The tradition explanation claims that two codes are the
same code because of the past they share . At the extreme this would deny
language change and at its most absurd claim that , say , Hindi and English were