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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Katz and Fodor ( 1962 : 218 ) , later American linguists , less interested in
descriptions than Bloomfield and more concerned with the relation between
language and the mind , opined : " The goal of a theory of a particular language
must be the ...
For present purposes it is helpful to note that these terms can be defined in
relation to what they are not : first language in relation to second language ,
dominant language in relation to the language it has superseded , home
language in ...
Linguistic Relativity The membership claim is seen in a different guise in the
continuing argument over the relation of language , culture and thought . In this
argument there is a sense of the uniqueness of the native speaker who has both