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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Knowledge 4 is of a different order . It is possible to say , in answer to the
question we first asked , ' Yes , I play chess ' . But that does not imply well or
badly . Modesty normally requires a simple answer without qualification : or
rather the ...
In the reverse case we know that Knowledge 4 is possible with no explicit
Knowledges 1 – 3 . Of course we assume that Knowledges 1 – 3 must implicitly
underlie Knowledge 4 , that is that no - one can play chess or tennis or any other
What is , however , being claimed is that this area of knowledge – Knowledge 3 –
is relevant to our concept of the native speaker even if what I am building up is an
idealised picture . This is a topic which I address more fully in Chapter 6 where ...