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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In the case of language it might be more sensible to say that the sense of identity
comes from a source other than a perceived ethnicity , thus there may be one
very salient non - linguistic category of ethnicity , such as race or religion , which
This ascriptivist view of identity fits well with what Honderich ( 2001 : 23 ) calls the
most extreme philosophical view of personal identity , the view that we proceed
through identity stages which are somehow linked together : ' To describe it ...
question of identity , that is the judgements are being made about people , but ,
as will be obvious , it is difficult to separate judgements of people from
judgements of language . In fact it may always be a matter of identity , that is to
say that ...