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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What it also does is to recognise that speakers necessarily share community
membership . In the same way that members of a community share a culture so
members who speak a language share langue . Although that definition is
circular , at ...
True , there will always be individual interpretations , but readers , within limits ,
do share meanings . It is perhaps more convenient to turn the argument on its
head and ask what sort of audience the writer or speaker has in mind . Is s / he in
Or to put it more formally , what linguistic system can be attributed to those
entities which are called languages , dialects , accents or varieties , which occupy
the middle ground between what all humans share ( Grammar 3 ) and what each