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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Note that the issue here is not one of range of language experience ( though that
might well be a legitimate assessment parameter ) . It refers to the grammar and
the semantics , the comprehension and the production of texts . Now if we can ...
There is , in fact , a range of standard use which is acceptable : and this is true
also for the alternative case where individual ( or small group , such as a family ,
like my informant on Hindustani ) use is outside the usual set of choices . It is then
570 - 1 ) In the terms used in this book Coppieters is appealing to Grammar 2 in
her acceptability tests ; her findings accord with our view of Grammar 2 being
available as a point and as a range : thus for Coppieters ( as for Ross , 1979 ) her