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 latter , he felt , was a narrow concept and one that did too little justice to what
we expect of the native speaker , especially the educated native speaker . But
what do we expect of the native speaker in addition to the linguistic competence ...
First that we do not expect the car driver to be automatically capable of
performing at a grand prix ( nor , for that matter , of driving a bus or truck ) .
Second , that what we say we are expecting of the normal driver is exactly that ,
since we also ...
They do not , however , expect to understand or to be understood in the sense of
comprehending the message . Actually there are probably distinctions among
native speakers in this regard in that those with less experience of variety ( less ...