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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What is it that is systematically the case for groups of Grammar 1 or for subgroups
of Grammar 3 ? Because , as Harris notes , this is exactly the position of ' what
are commonly called languages ( English , French , Latin et cetera ) ' or , to make
So strong indeed that we could use scholars ' position on this issue to label them
as taking a ' psycho ' or a ' socio ' approach to language learning and the native
speaker . Those who favour a psycho approach argue vehemently for an ...
But Singleton does not stop there : he is ( rather like Hyltenstam & Abrahamsson )
prepared to move a little from the extreme psycho position that language is wired
into the brain and is unaffected by social context . He does , after all , accept ...