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 a typical study Porter reports that native speaker input was significantly
different from learner input on four variables : rating , quality , total words and
monitor . Ratings by ESL teachers showed native speaker input to be twice as
good as ...
The issue in such cases is one of input : does such a child have adequate input
to gain the necessary linguistic competence to become , as it were ,
indistinguishable from the child whose parents are themselves mothertongue
speakers of ...
Having said that however , it really does not make very much sense because
semilingualism is no more about inadequacy of input ( on the grounds of input
coming from more than one code ) than is bilingualism itself . The only area in