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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( 1994 ) argue that there are two important differences between successful and
unsuccessful second - language learners with regard to ultimate attainment :
these are attention to form and language aptitude . They maintain : even if
In the case of identity judgements the question is whether native speakers and
second - language learners make the same or different judgements about
language use . Judgements may be made at a variety of levels and in different
We will consider this question in relation to L2 learners in general . Let us again
consider the six criteria : ( 1 ) Childhood acquisition : No , the second - language
learner , by our own definition , does not acquire the target language in early ...