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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Referring to the Native Speaker The need for such an extended discussion of the
native speaker is explained by Ferguson ' s comment : ' Linguists . . . have long
given a special place to the native speaker as the only true and reliable source of
Chapter 9 : Assessment and Second Language Acquisition Research In Chapter
9 we discuss the contribution of ... and linking the native speaker to the earlier
discussion of identity to the idea of the standard language and to proficiency .
Relevance to Applied Linguistics Two important applied linguistics issues arise
out of the discussion in this chapter . The first , raised by both the bilingualism
and semilingualism debates , is that of disadvantage . From an applied linguistics