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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But it may have everything to do with timing of input , timing probably more than
kind of input , indeed necessarily so since claims on native speakerness and
indeed recognition of other claimants seem to have little to do with the kind of
input in ...
In that there must blive speaker 2 What this means is that there must be some
kind of core in common which will allow native speaker 1 and native speaker 2 to
agree that their idiolects are sufficiently similar to be regarded as one lect .
Should the norm be , as is often claimed , the native speaker or should it be some
yardstick of language proficiency ? As with our jumping analogy , our view of
proficiency is constrained by the kind of performance we observe among native ...