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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There are three such situations we should consider , all of which have a bearing
on our definition of the native speaker . Before I consider these three mobility
situations it will be as well to remember the apparent circularity of any attempt to ...
The logic of my linguistic argument seems to lead to the conclusion that speakers
of Singaporean English may properly consider themselves as members of the
community who speak standard ( British or other metropolitan ) English . But it is ...
( Crewe , 1977b : 100 ) To remind ourselves of the earlier discussion on
knowledge and control , let us consider the comment which Harris makes on
Saussure : Theoretically , for de Saussure , a difference of a single phoneme or a
single sign ...