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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It is commonly assumed that communicative competence may be harder to
acquire than linguistic competence – if we put aside those well - known cases of
fossilisation in foreign accents . We consider this question in Chapters 6 and 8 .
Foreign languages then seem to be acquired in order to interact with foreigners ,
that is groups outside one ' s native ... This also seems to imply that a foreign
language does not carry with it the kind of automatic grasp of its systems that are
Knowledge and Proficiency If it is suggested that foreign - language users of
English may also be speakers of International English then any relevance of this
concept for the native speaker must collapse because it confuses level of