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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but also on psychological / developmental grounds since normal development in
language as in other areas seems , whatever the input , to lead to a fully formed
system . It seems to be the case that even impoverished language input ...
Weak and Strong Approach The weak approach would be that communicative
competence is being able to use the rules in appropriate ways within the normal
context of use . Let us take an example : A is a taxi driver , B an economist , C a ...
On this account then the native speaker has an adequate facility in using the
language in ordinary circumstances and is rather like the car driver who has
learnt to drive and is able to manipulate the car in most normal traffic conditions .