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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Otherwise it would not make sense to speak of the mother tongue as being the
mother ' s own idiolect . There must be certain differences between the mother ' s
own code and that of her child , and if that is the case then the differences both ...
Within this view different languages are not important ; but what is of interest is
the individual ' s idiolect , not because it is different from other idiolects but
because it must , according to the theory , provide evidence for the universal
code we ...
The third category is being attached to a group whose idiolects show certain
formal and codified norms : this is the case of the Standard Language . We have
further suggested that while a Standard Language or indeed a ( standard )