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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Noam Chomsky ( 1965 : 24 ) refers to the native speaker as being both the arbiter
of a grammar and ( when idealised ) ... Chomsky thereby neatly compounds one
of the central ambiguities of the native - speaker idea , using it to refer to both a ...
Competence often refers to the ideal speaker / hearer , that is an idealized but not
a real person who would have a complete knowledge of the whole language . A
distinction is made between competence and performance , which is the actual ...
And he refers to earlier examples of his own work which provide the evidence for
this statement . As he admits himself , the argument is not fundamentally about
what distinguishes one variety from another , nor about whether a variety of