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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Perhaps that is a good reason why when there is an academy , as in France ,
which has this central responsibility for the language , the academy nevertheless
cannot in practice control that use ; it cannot , for example , prevent the spread of
may perhaps cause them to make it increasingly the language they use all the
time . In the sort of remote community we have mentioned earlier there is likely to
be little access to the standard and children who may be selected for education ...
But Knowledge 1 in language refers more importantly to a manipulative ability
with these structures , to be able to put together sounds , intonation , stressing ,
rhythm , sentences , discourses , registers , styles , perhaps within a very limited ...