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 that is precisely the point at which the argument becomes difficult because it
is not clear how big such differences have to be in order for them to imply a
different language . The point is that the differences of dialect and indeed the ...
clear. distinction. language use . There is no reason , they would perhaps say ,
why men and women should talk differently and they only do so – if they do –
because men impose such differences to keep women in their place ( Cameron ...
Thus if I say ' Inflammable ! ' , which has a very clear grammatical pedigree of
meaning ' Fire risk ' there is a sense in which ( as Whorf showed ) the in prefix
may be ignored and lead to hazardous outcomes . His solution ( which is
redundant in ...