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 speakers , suggests Coppieters , on the basis of her data did not need the
help of an explicit context . No matter how skilful non - native speakers might be
at deriving the appropriate interpretation of a sentence in context , their inability ...
She continues : it is also clear that the variation between native speakers and
nonnative speakers cannot simply be subsumed as a special case of the
variation among native speakers : that is non - native speakers have been found
to lie ...
I concluded that it is difficult for an adult non - native speaker to become a native
speaker of a second language precisely ... The adult nonnative speaker can
acquire the communicative competence of the native speaker ; s / he can acquire