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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contours – the difficulty is that the existence of native dialects possessing these or
similar features would invalidate the point ipso facto . . . it is virtually impossible to
establish a criterion of nonnativeness with regard to any feature in any dialect ...
And Annamalai makes a similar point with regard to the relation between Telugu
and Tamil in India and ponders whether bilingual speakers of both may be
regarded as native speakers of Tamil : Nativity . . . is a shifting construct and is ...
In order to support my claim that in selected cases NNS individuals , on this
evidence , are indistinguishable linguistically from NS , I present here ratings for
the 12 sentences for three pairs of respondents having the same or similar total ...