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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Noam Chomsky ( 1965 : 24 ) refers to the native speaker as being both the arbiter
of a grammar and ( when idealised ) as somehow being the model for the
grammar : “ A grammar is . . . descriptively adequate to the extent that it correctly ...
Language evidence for competence is provided by performance which , like
competence , is subject to systematic idealisation . Thus competence is the
system ( both the linguist ' s and the native speaker ' s ) , performance the
processing of ...
It is clear then that linguistics is concerned with uncovering , revealing ,
describing , explaining the knowledge of the idealised native speaker . Note the
precision of this definition : it restricts the knowledge of concern in terms of
content to that ...