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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This means a person ' s ability to create and understand sentences , including
sentences they have never heard before . It also includes a person ' s knowledge
of what are and what are not sentences of a particular language . For example a
Do we decide that person A has the same ' language ' as person B because the
only difference in their code is a single phoneme , whereas person C differs from
both and therefore speaks a different language because s / he differs not only in ...
... which are somehow linked together : ' To describe it again . . . the crucial
questions of personal identity do not have to do with identity over time but with
the persons we are , the persons we have been , and the connections between