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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Langue There are other terms which we also need to consider since they too are
invoked as being relevant to the native speaker : they are competence - both
linguistic and communicative – and langue . Let us take langue first since that is
The langue solution also raises the serious question of just who it is that has
access to a langue and whether a special type of experience is necessary . In
other words it raises the question of whether or not late acquisition of a first
language is ...
Langue Again I return now to the concept of langue ( see Chapter 1 ) . Langue ,
as Saussure maintained , is what members share , it is a metaphor for this sense
of native speakerness which we have just been discussing . To put it another way