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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... native speaker because it removes the comfortable notion of monolingual
competence as uniquely coherent and unified . ... of bilinguality ( Hamers & Blanc
, 1989 ) is that it compels us to realise that there is no such state as
Grosjean also quotes differences between the bilingual and monolingual child in
terms of task performance . In naming tasks , decoding tasks and reading aloud
tasks monolinguals do better than bilinguals who , in their turn , do better than ...
Do you speak Gaelic ? showed an increase of monolinguals , which was surely
counterintuitive . Increases ... But it did not make sense that there had been a
monolingual switch from English to Welsh or from English to Gaelic on such a