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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It is clear then that linguistics is concerned with uncovering , revealing ,
describing , explaining the knowledge of the idealised native speaker . Note the
precision of this definition : it restricts the knowledge of concern in terms of
content to that ...
The type of bilingual I am concerned with is indeed the native - speaking
bilingual ; or rather I am interested in whether it make sense to speak of a native
speaker of more than one language . Therefore I am not concerned for the
moment with ...
In its simplest terms communicative competence is concerned with appropriacy of
language use , that is to say with using ( writing , speaking and so on ) the right
sentence in the right context . The claim is not as hugely exaggerated as may ...