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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All that does, in fact, is to reduce the definition back onto the question of what
having a first acquired language means or, in other words, what knowledge of a
language of which one is a competent user means. That is the competence
a linguistic and a cultural sense, which in his case means the norms of OVEs, the
identity Kandiah is concerned with is identity with the NVE group; and confidence
for him means asserting that the English variety which his NVE members ...
It is clear that definitions (2)- (5) are all ways of compensating for not being
definition 1. But they are not parasitic on 1. Indeed they help clarify what it is that (
1) means and they challenge us to specify what it is in functional terms they lack