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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We have already noted that defining the mother tongue and the first and
dominant language is done in opposition to , for example , the second language .
This suggests that we might hope to define in separate and perhaps rigorous
ways the ...
I turn now to the question of defining the native speaker in the light of what it is
the native speaker knows and what it is the native speaker can do ; in other
words what are people ' s expectations of the native speaker ? t . communicative
to look ...
I concluded that it is difficult for an adult non - native speaker to become a native
speaker of a second language precisely because I define a native speaker as a
person who has early acquired the language . However , the limitations imposed