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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Athough both remain available after puberty for cognitive operations , it appears
that adult second language learning typically makes use only of the problem -
solving capacity / system . Felix considers the problem - solving system much
partly the wrong system because environmental factors , which do not in Felix ' s
view affect the language - specific system , ' strongly affect the operation of the
problem - solving system ' ( p . 165 ) . And the fact that the adult may make use of
These children do indeed have a problem which shows up in terms of
educational disadvantage , that is true . It may also be the case that they have
inadequate English ( for it is their English that is pointed to as the problem ) .
What is called a ...