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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This is one reason why in a very different context it is so difficult for language
policy changes to be fully implemented , for , let us say , lecturers in Indian
universities to switch completely from English to the regional language or in
Tanzania for ...
are made of an applicant for an interpreter ' s post ; no doubt proficiency tests are
carried out but it would be difficult to deny a claim of an applicant that s / he is a
native speaker . ) All except ( 1 ) are contingent issues . In this way the question ...
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