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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Along this continuum it may be possible to determine major differences between
one linguistic code and another – and we are here considering only linguistic
distinctions between languages which are manifestly different languages but still
No doubt there is a linguistic argument in relation to Grammar 2 which states that
there is a level of abstraction above the individual ' s speech which does account
for that individual as well as for other individuals who are in membership with ...
linguistic variables , the area of research that has been called secular linguistics ,
which concerns primarily the issue of language change over time ( Labov , 1972 ;
Trudgill , 1983 ) . This research indicates how speech communities define ...