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 generally accepted that skills are transferable in activities such as reading (
whatever script is used , given constancy of code ) , driving a car , whatever
intricacies and developments the car may have , farming , medicine and so on .
The traditional view is that native speakers have special advantages but that
these advantages are not unfair , just given ; and in any case it is possible for non
- natives working in professions such as language teaching to gain high levels of
Mohanan who is himself an ' other - native ' rather than a foreigner with regard to
English , takes a very traditional line : ' For a given speaker , a non - native
system is one that s / he has acquired after the acquisition and stabilisation of