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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There is another view of this approach , that ' everyone is a native speaker of his /
her own speech ' which is brought ... the great strength ( possibly giving them that
extra gift of genius ) of their mixed code , their own unique speech / language .
knows that a sentence / text / sound could be his / her language but it does not
sound quite right . It belongs elsewhere but is not somehow familiar ; in other
words it must belong to some other dialect . Even if in my idiolect ' term starts
again on ...
We will also give some attention to the feelings and attitudes of L2 learners about
their own status in the target language and to ... ( 2 ) The native speaker has
intuitions ( in terms of acceptability and productiveness ) about his / her Grammar