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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valuable heuristic to recognise that speakers of English possess a language
different from that of French : equally that speakers of British English and
speakers of American English have somewhat different languages . But that is
precisely the ...
Knowledge 1 involves having the construction ability to assemble the parts of
common sentence types or texts and to recognise them receptively as meaning
bearing whether or not they are understood . What matters crucially then is a ...
Native speakers operate their own distinct version of these terms with ease ; what
we have not yet resolved is whether it is , in fact , part of native speakerness to
extend sensitively , sympathetically that understanding so as to recognise that ...