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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First , on philosophical grounds , is such a phenomenon possible ? The answer
has to be yes it is – if my definition of native speaker allows for it . If , however , I
define native speaker as competence in one language only in some exclusive
to say it is just not possible to consult any reference material for a culture
comparable to reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries for a
language . There are , it is true , books on etiquette and sometimes guides to
being a ...
It is possible ( though this is quite unclear ) that they may also have a cognitive
problem because they have learnt to think in their own remote variety of the
Standard Language , a difficulty compounded by possible lack of intelligibility of