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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He points to the important distinction between fluency and accuracy and claims
that the research evidence indicates that ... So far I have claimed that the native
speaker above all has a linguistic competence in the language of which s / he is
This latter , he felt , was a narrow concept and one that did too little justice to what
we expect of the native speaker ... native speaker in terms of appropriate
behaviour is that s / he should have immediate access to the culture of which s /
he is a ...
... is not a fiction but has the reality that ' membership ' , however informal , always
gives . Therefore the native speaker is relied on to know what the score is , how
things are done , because s / he carries the tradition , is the repository of ' the ...