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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If , however , I define native speaker as competence in one language only in
some exclusive way , then of course it is impossible to be a bilingual native
speaker . It may be the case that it is not possible for linguistic or other reasons to
be such ...
( I observe that for some analysts there is no useful distinction between
communicative competence and linguistic competence , communicative
competence being learnt in the process of learning linguistic competence . ) The
whole of native ...
If the child - first - language learner can acquire a generative capacity for
linguistic competence from the limited stock of sentences s / he hears , it must
even more be the case that s / he can acquire ways of putting these sentences
into use ...