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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Now on linguistic grounds Singaporean English does not exist , but nor of course
does British English ! This also means that the concept of acts of identity ( Le
Page & Tabouret - Keller , 1985 ) confuses the concerns of linguistics with those
I remain therefore of the opinion I expressed in 1991 ( Davies , 1991a ) , which is
presented in Chapter 4 of this volume : on linguistic grounds Singaporean
English does not exist , but nor of course does British English . . . what does exist
is the ...
Janicki ( 1985 ) offers three types of sociolinguistic deviance : ( 1 ) forms which do
not exist in the target language ; ( 2 ) forms which are inappropriate to the
situation ; and ( 3 ) forms ' reserved ' for native speakers , such as those we have