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 . ... mobility situations it will be as well to
remember the apparent circularity of any attempt to define the native speaker .
which all other definitions measure themselves . However , a simple definition is ,
I have suggested , too simple . No doubt it does play a part in our conceptualising
of what we mean by the native speaker ; and gets very close to a stereotype of ...
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 ... a linguistic competence in the
language of which s / he is a native speaker ; and indeed that is a totally circular