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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Chapter 2 Psycholinguistic Aspects of the Native Speaker In this chapter I deal
with a number of matters already raised in ... is to add to our understanding by
bringing in information in the case of Chapter 2 from the field of psycholinguistics
Growth of Psycholinguistics Psycholinguistics , the empirical and theoretical
study of the mental faculty that underpins our consummate ... From a
psycholinguistic point of view to say that an individual is a native speaker is of
course redundant .
He makes after all a convincing case for a psycholinguistic - learning distinction
between a child ' s first - language and an adult ' s second - language learning
and , in doing so , provides a rationale by which we can distinguish between the