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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... abstraction above the individual ' s speech which does account for that
individual as well as for other individuals who are in membership with him / her in
some sort of community ( note that I cannot avoid making an immediate societal
leap ) .
Membership It does seem clear that membership is a useful model for the native
speaker : membership of the same ' cultural group means an assumption of
behaviours from other members as well as a knowledge of how to behave
oneself in ...
No doubt my informant would be hoist with his own petard were outsiders to
attempt to learn and use his family ' s version of Hindustani since that too would
be making a statement about membership this time of a small and exclusive