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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I can say : ( 1 ) that every individual is a native speaker of all his / her linguistic
behaviour , that is that underlying all one ' s normal linguistic behaviour is a
system or set of systems ( allowing , of course , as all descriptions , however wide
All that does , in fact , is to reduce the definition back onto the question of what
having a first acquired language means or , in other words , what knowledge of a
language of which one is a competent user means . That is the competence ...
... indistinguishable linguistically from NS , I present here ratings for the 12
sentences for three pairs of respondents having the same or similar total scores .
The first pair contains two NS , the second and third pairs have one NS and one