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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In the chapters which follow we tease out the distinctions among these terms
further , seeking an answer to the question of whether being a native speaker is ,
in fact , a matter only of self - ascription or whether it is also ( or instead ) a matter
Explanations of ' The Same ' Grammar 2 To return to Grammar 2 , is it a matter of
quantity ? Do we decide that person A has the same ' language ' as person B
because the only difference in their code is a single phoneme , whereas person
... and although there must ( in the case of the intelligibility argument ) be a
modicum of linguistic ( which means historical ) sharing yet beyond that what
seems to matter is that native speaker 1 and native speaker 2 wish to belong to
one lect .