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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The effect of this view is to provide support for Felix ' s proposal of the existence
of two different cognitive systems : both are available for language learning – the
first , the system of language - specific cognitive structures and the second the ...
In other words , Long is challenging the view that all that is necessary for
acquisition to take place is comprehensible input ; he is also accepting the view
that Foreigner Talk ( Ferguson , 1971 ) plays as important a part in second -
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( 1998 ) Coming of age in applied linguistics . Language Learning 48 ( 4 ) , 497 -