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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Bialystok accepts that ' the general success of younger learners in acquiring a
second language is true ' ( p . ... And she concludes that it is not in fact only the
exceptional learner who can overcome the problems of reaching ultimate
Judgement Tests ( 2 ) As a further check on the NNS potentiality to become '
exceptional learners ' , I replicated the Eisenstein and Bodman ( 1986 ) study of
pragmatic competence in expressing gratitude in English . In their study
What exceptional learners tell us is ( 1 ) that native speaker attainment is
achievable in the target standard language and ( 2 ) that an alternative standard
is possible when such learners are accorded the status of prestige speakers of