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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It is written with the interests and background of post - experience graduate
students in applied linguistics particularly in mind and it is hoped that
undergraduate students following courses in sociolinguistics and language
teachers in training ...
It also assumes different languages as given , because its main focus of interest
is in what all individuals possess , both the assumed general language faculty
and the idiolect . Within this view different languages are not important ; but what
In order to clarify my interest in there being native speakers of different languages
there is no point in pursuing the notion of language in a plural sense ; I will not
proceed further with any consideration of Grammar 3 . I am equally not ...