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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The first question is discussed by Winitz ( 1981 ) , who describes the ' cross - over
effect whereby adults ' initial superiority in language learning is lost as the L2 is
acquired . Winitz suggests that this may arise from the mismatch between ...
The question I want to address is in what sense we can speak of a speaker of
Singaporean or Indian English as being a native speaker of English ( Tay , 1982 ;
and see Chapter 1 ) . As will be clear there are really two distinct questions here ...
This is an intriguing and , at the same time , quite basic question . Let me
approach it from the opposite angle . Language Proficiency Is it the case that non
- native speakers differ in terms of proficiency ? This question seems hardly worth