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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Children may be impaired in such situations in terms of a lack of practice in
particular domains but it still remains problematic to what extent their linguistic
competence can be held back . The other type of semilingualism to which I have
In spite of this quite dramatic conclusion it still remains unclear whether in terms
of starting age there is one critical period . Indeed , as Seliger ( 1978 ) suggests ,
there might be several critical periods . At the same time the weight of opinion ( if
In all such cases there are constants , the important core remains and what
changes is how to use that core . Similarly with language : the grammar of any
one ' language ' remains quite ( if not fully ) impermeable to change but what
uses it is ...