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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We have already noted that defining the mother tongue and the first and
dominant language is done in opposition to , for example , the second language .
This suggests that we might hope to define in separate and perhaps rigorous
ways the ...
Some of the common differences found in this research are noted later ( and see
Chapter 10 ) but a word of caution is first necessary . We should not be easily
persuaded that , because these differences are found consistently ( as they are )
... the use of English and not on its separate language form . Summary In this
chapter I brought together my arguments on who the native speaker is and noted
that all characteristics except that of early childhood exposure are contingent